TV Ratings: Quiet Holiday Eve Gives 'Talent' and Fox Soft Wins

With TV usage down on Tuesday night, the usual suspects -- "MasterChef" and "Hell's Kitchen" among them -- score quiet victories.
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Fast affiliate ratings paint a rather uneventful story for Tuesday night, with America's Got Talent once again topping all broadcasts and Fox eking ahead with the night's strongest demo average.

With TV usage shrinking double digits the eve of July 4, Hell's Kitchen and MasterChef both saw dips among adults 18-49 -- down 17 and 13 percent respectively. Their 1.9 and 2.0 adults ratings gave the network a dominant 2.0 rating for the night and 5.1 million viewers.

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NBC boasted the night's strongest outing, though America's Got Talent was down 28 percent for a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 following a soft encore. Love in the Wild dropped to a 1.3 adults rating, giving NBC second place status with 18-49-ers (a 1.5 rating) and 6.15 million viewers.

Univision bested CBS and ABC's block of repeats with the demo, pulling a 1.3 adults rating for the night, while CBS' encores proved the biggest draw for total viewers: 6.5 million with a 1.0 demo rating. ABC's repeats pulled a 0.8 rating in the demo and 2.55 million viewers.

The CW fell to just a 0.1 adults rating and 383,000 viewers despite a new episode of The Catalina.