9:35am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'America's Got Talent' Makes a Solid Return, '5th Grader' Revival Is Soft
America's Got Talent came back with a vengeance on Tuesday night, topping the broadcast pack with an average 2.6 rating among adults 18-49. Technically down 13 percent from the comparable opener last summer, Talent is still in enviable shape when looking at some of the other Big Four reality offerings.
NBC used Talent's return to launch new series I Can Do That. It nabbed a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49, a slightly stronger showing than the scripted (Night Shift) and unscripted (Food Fighters) fare the network has launched in the post-Talent slot last summer.
A steady 500 Questions pulled a 1.1 rating in the key demo for ABC, but Extreme Weight Loss (0.9 adults) shed four-tenths of a point from its last season opener.
Over on Fox, the revived Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader did little to move the dial. It averaged a 0.8 rating in the key demo, off half of a point from its last opener back in 2008. Hell's Kitchen (1.1 adults) shed two-tenths of a point from last week.
Proving it doesn't need an original Flash lead-in to maintain its audience, iZombie pulled a steady 0.6 rating with adults 18-49 on the CW.