NBC's "America's Got Talent" was the night's top-rated and most-watched program Tuesday night despite a slight downturn, but Fox took an overall ratings win on the strength of "Hell's Kitchen" and "MasterChef," according to preliminary numbers.
Fox took first place in the advertiser-friendly 18-49 demographic with an average 2.5 rating/8 share and third in total viewers with 6 million.
Both "Hell's Kitchen" and "MasterChef" showed dramatic growth, with "Hell's Kitchen" at 8 p.m. rising 20 percent in the demo from last week with a 2.4/8 and taking 6 million total viewers. "MasterChef" the following hour rose 25 percent from two weeks ago, posting a 2.5/7 and drawing 6.1 million total viewers.
NBC took second place in the demo and first in total viewers with an average 2.2/6 and 8.2 million. "America's Got Talent" from 8 to 10 was down slightly in the demo but was nonetheless the night's best-rated and most-watched program with a 2.6/8 and 10.1 million total viewers. "Love in the Wild" at 10 showed modest demo growth over last week with a 1.3/4 and drew 4.4 million total viewers.
ABC came in third in ratings and fourth in total viewers with an average 1.2/3 and 4 million. "Wipeout" at 8 dipped slightly to a 1.4/5 and drew 4.6 million total viewers. Back-to-back episodes of "Trust Us With Your Life" the following hour both posted demo decreases, with both episodes posting a 0.9/3. (The 9 p.m. and 9:30 airings attracted 2.7 and 2.6 million total viewers, respectively.) "ABC News: N.Y. Med" was even with two weeks ago, receiving a 1.2/3 and taking 4.7 million total viewers.
CBS, which ran repeats throughout the night, drew fourth place in ratings and second in total viewers with an average 1.0/3 and 6.2 million.