TV Ratings: 'America's Got Talent' Makes Strong Return, Fox's 'Harry' Sinks More
NBC's variety show competition wins Tuesday with a steady comeback, while drama "Night Shift" fares well and "Extreme Weight Loss" holds on ABC.
Tuesday night belonged to America's Got Talent. NBC's summer flagship, which did not have the benefit of a Voice lead-in like it did last year, returned more or less even with its most recent premiere. The two-hour episode averaged a 3.0 rating among adults 18-49 and 11.9 million viewers -- easily making it the top show of the night.
Lead-out Night Shift, NBC's long-delayed drama order from 2013, made a solid entry to the schedule with a 1.6 rating in the key demo. That's better than how comparable premiere Camp fared last summer. NBC won the night in both adults 18-49 (2.5 rating) and total viewers (10.5 million).
ABC enjoyed second-place status in the three-network race -- both CBS and The CW aired encores -- with the return of Extreme Weight Loss (1.3 adults). The reality show was up a tenth of a point from last summer's debut. Amid less competition, Celebrity Wife Swap (1.2 adults) also recouped three-tenths of a point from its last outing.
The second episode of game show Riot (0.5 adults) was improved a tenth of a point on Fox but still quite low. And I Wanna Marry "Harry," without an Idol lead-in to assist, solidified its flop status with a 0.4 rating among adults 18-49.