NBC triumphs with 2-hour reality block

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NEW YORK -- A two-hour reality block gave NBC the victory in Tuesday's primetime, though freshman hit "The Singing Bee" started to show signs of faltering.

"America's Got Talent" was the night's top show in viewership, and "Bee" prevailed in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research.

A 90-minute "Talent" (9.8 million, 2.8/10) got the night started well for the peacock, winning all three half-hours between 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. "Bee" (9.4 million, 3.1/9) won at 9:30 p.m. But both shows were down from last week, with "Talent" down from last week's 3.2/10 in the demo and "Bee" falling from last week's 3.7/11.

But it was still enough to beat an hour of ABC's "Just for Laughs" (7.4 million, 2.5/9) and Fox's "On the Lot" (2.2 million, 0.9/3), both at 8 p.m., and ABC's "Shaq's Big Challenge" (4.8 million, 1.9/6) and CBS' "Big Brother" (6.8 million, 2.6/8) at 9 p.m.

CBS and NBC split at 10 p.m. with "48 Hours Mystery" (5.9 million, 2.1/6) winning in adults 18-49, while "Law & Order: SVU" (6.9 million, 2.0/6) won in viewership. ABC's "Primetime: Family Secrets" (5.1 million, 1.8/5) came in third place in both measures.

Tuesday averages: CBS (6.8 million, 2.1/7); NBC (8.8 million, 2.6/8); ABC (5.8 million, 2.0/7); Fox (4.3 million, 1.5/5); and the CW (1.1 million, 0.4/1).
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