'Bee' scores an A for NBC

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NBC took the crown in total viewers and the demo Tuesday night on the strength of reality-competition series "America's Got Talent" and "The Singing Bee."

"Bee" was the most-watched program of the night, averaging 11 million total viewers and a 3.7 rating/ 11 share in the adults 18-49 demo in its 9:30-10 p.m. slot, according to data released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research. However, "Bee" did fall 27% in the demo from its premiere last week.

"Talent," which aired from 8-9:30 p.m., averaged 10.4 million and a 3.2/10. That was good enough for second place on the night, though the episode marked its lowest Tuesday rating season-to-date.

Also at 8 p.m., original programming included ABC's "Just for Laughs" special (8.3 million, 2.9/10) and a new installment of Fox's struggling reality series "On the Lot" (2.3 million, 1.0/3).

A new episode of CBS' "Big Brother" at 9 p.m. averaged 7 million and a 2.9/8, while ABC's "Shaq's Big Challenge" drew 5.4 million and a 2.0/6, up 33% from last week in 18-49. While that was "Shaq's" best showing in the demo season-to-date, the episode did fall 33% from its "Laughs" lead-in.

A repeat of NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" (9.5 million, 2.8/8) won the 10 p.m. hour, outperforming ABC's "Primetime: Family Secrets" (6.9 million, 2.5/7) and CBS' "Pirate Masters" (4.4 million, 1.5/4), the latter of which tied its lowest demo number season-to-date.

Nightly averages: NBC (10.2 million, 3.1/10), ABC (6.9 million, 2.4/7), CBS (6.3 million, 2.0/6), Fox (4.2 million, 1.5/5), CW (1.4 million, 0.6/2).
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