TV Ratings: 'Dancing With the Stars,' NBA Playoffs Lead Tuesday

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ABC's Dancing With the Stars led the broadcast networks among adults 18-49 Tuesday night, but the final performances on America's Got Talent held a narrow edge in total viewers. An NBA playoff game on TNT led all comers in the 18-49 demographic.

Dancing With the Stars — airing on Tuesday this week after ABC simulcast Monday Night Football in the show's normal spot — scored a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49 and 6.09 million viewers in Tuesday's final same-day numbers. That's down from 1.3 and 8.12 million for its premiere on Sept. 14.

America's Got Talent improved a little, delivering a 0.8 in the key ad demo and 6.16 million viewers (vs. 0.7 and 5.94 million last week). The total viewer count was the best across all of Nielsen-measured TV in primetime and a six-week high for the show, but way down from last year's final performance show (1.6 in 18-49 and 9.88 million viewers). Drama Transplant (0.5, 3.82 million) was steady.

The only broadcast premiere for the night was Cosmos: Possible Worlds on Fox. The docuseries, which aired on National Geographic earlier this year, averaged a modest 0.3 in the demo and 1.57 million viewers for two episodes. As was the case on Monday, broadcast TV usage was down considerably year to year, when the networks were in the midst of a normal fall rollout.

On cable, TNT's telecast of the NBA Western Conference finals drew 4.83 million viewers and a 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demo. It was the night's most watched cable show, ahead of Tucker Carlson Tonight (4.73 million) on Fox News, and led all of TV in adults 18-49.

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