August 29, 2012 8:53am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: NBC News' RNC Coverage Pulls More Than ABC and CBS Combined
Fox may not have had any coverage of the RNC on Tuesday night, but it topped the other broadcast networks thanks to a boosted outing of MasterChef. The 9 p.m. episode, which followed an encore, was up 17 percent in the demo for a 2.8 rating. It marked the Gordon Ramsay competition's highest showing among adults 18-49 for the summer and helped give Fox an average 2.1 adults rating and 5 million viewers for the night.
Leading the night in viewers, America's Got Talent was down just a tenth of a point in the demo from last Tuesday's episode. Its 2.4 adults rating led into the most-watched broadcast network coverage of the RNC. NBC's hour with the GOP averaged a 1.3 adults rating. Altogether, the network pulled a 2.0 rating with adults 18-49 and 8.2 million viewers for the night.
Encores of NCIS and NCIS: LA aired before CBS' coverage of the convention. The network's hour posted a 0.6 adults rating, giving CBS a 1.0 rating in the demo and 6.2 million viewers for the night.
ABC had comedy encores between 8 and 10 p.m. before the night's softest showing of the Republicans' Tampa Bay festivities. ABC News' coverage earned a 0.5 rating among adults 18-49, just a tenth of a point behind its average demo score for the night. The network also averaged 2.5 million viewers.
The CW had encores of Hart of Dixie and The Next, giving it a 0.2 adults rating and 650,000 viewers for the night.