Sorry, other networks, we’re calling Summer 2017 for NBC already.
The broadcaster landed big Nielsen numbers with the series premiere of Jennifer Lopez’s “World of Dance,” which was scheduled behind the season premiere of summer giant “America’s Got Talent.” As a result, NBC completely destroyed the quieter competition on Tuesday, which most-notably included Fox’s “Prison Break” finale.
NBC was first in ratings with a 2.5 rating/10 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 11.3 million, according to preliminary numbers. The two-hour start to “AGT,” which began at 8 p.m., posted a 2.6/11 and 12.1 million viewers. The “World of Dance” debut at 10 put up a 2.4/9 and 9.7 million viewers.
Those impressive “World” numbers were good enough to make J. Lo’s new show the top premiere for a summer alternative series in five years, and the most-watched in nine. The show is actually now the biggest regular time slot premiere in all of 2017.
It certainly didn’t hurt that “Talent” got off to its most-watched start in six years.
CBS and Fox tied for a distant second in ratings, both with a 0.7/3. CBS was second in total viewers with 6 million, Fox was fourth with 2.2 million.
For CBS, following reruns, “48 Hours: NCIS” at 10 had a 0.5/2 and 4.3 million viewers.
For Fox, after a repeat, “Prison Break” got a 0.9/3 and 2.3 million viewers.
Univision was fourth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and fifth in viewers with 1.6 million.
ABC was fifth in ratings with a 0.5/2, but third in viewers with 2.5 million. “Downward Dog” at 8 received a 0.7/3 and 3.8 million viewers. In-between reruns, an original “Imaginary Mary” at 9:30 managed a 0.6/2 and 2.2 million viewers.
Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1 million.
The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 868,000. Following a repeat, “iZombie” at 9 settled for a 0.3/1 and 901,000 viewers.