ABC’s “Uncle Buck” actually debuted quite well on Tuesday, earning a nice chunk of audience custody in a tough time slot.
The Mike Epps sitcom became TV’s top summertime (Memorial Day-Labor Day) comedy debut in nine years among total viewers and the best in seven years for the key 18-49 demographic.
Of course, that still wasn’t enough to topple NBC and “America’s Got Talent,” but so few series can. Still, ABC finished runner-up in the main demo last night; CBS was second among total viewers.
NBC was first in ratings with a 2.1 rating/8 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 9.2 million, according to preliminary numbers. “AGT” at 8 p.m. ET scored a 2.5/9 and 11.2 million viewers. At 10, “Maya & Marty” rose 17 percent from last week to a 1.4/5 and brought in 5.3 million viewers.
ABC was second in ratings with a 1.3/5 and third in viewers with 5.3 million. A special preview of “To Tell the Truth” at 8 p.m. ET had a 1.0/4 and 5.4 million viewers. At 9, “Buck” landed a 1.5/5 and 5.2 million viewers. The technical “To Tell the Truth” premiere at 10 got a 1.2/5 and 5.2 million viewers.
CBS was third in ratings with a 0.8/3 and second in viewers with 6.5 million. Following reruns, “Person of Interest” at 10 p.m. ET received a 1.0/3 and 6.2 million viewers.
Fox and Univision tied for fourth in ratings, both with a 0.7/3. Fox was fourth in total viewers with 2 million, Univision was fifth with 1.8 million.
For Fox, “Hotel Hell” at 8 p.m. ET had a 0.9/4 and 2.6 million viewers. At 9, “Coupled” got a 0.5/2 and 1.4 million viewers.
Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in viewers with 1.6 million.
The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 1 million. Following a repeat, “Containment” at 9 p.m. ET managed a 0.3/1 and 972,000 viewers.