August 31, 2011 9:37am PT by Philiana Ng
TV Ratings: NBC Takes Top Prize With 'America’s Got Talent'
As summer television winds down, so does the competition.
NBC continued its reign, topping its broadcast competitors on Tuesday night, thanks to another strong showing by America’s Got Talent (10.9 million total viewers, 2.8 rating in adults 18-49 demographic). Compared to last season, Talent — the night’s No. 1 show in total viewers -- is remaining steady with its performance in the ad-coveted demo. From its first hour to the second, the NBC series grew 14 percent among adults 18-49 (2.8 to 3.2).
Its lead-in It’s Worth What (4.5 million, 1.2) delivered its highest rating in the demo and total tune-in since Aug. 2. NBC won the night by a large margin, averaging 8.8 million and a 2.4 in primetime. In total viewers, CBS — which ran repeats of the NCIS franchise -- was the only network that was close, averaging 8.3 million.
ABC ended up tying for second with the Tiffany network in the key demo. Following a repeat of Wipeout, Take the Money and Run (3.9 million, 1.5) and medical drama Combat Hospital (3.4 million, 0.9) were in line with recent ratings performances.
Fox ranked fourth for the night with encores of Glee and Raising Hope, while the CW continued to air repeats as it prepares for its fall launch.