'Bee,' 'Talent' again put NBC on top of heap


NEW YORK -- Chalk up another win for NBC on Tuesday night thanks to "America's Got Talent" and "The Singing Bee."

NBC won both viewership and the adults 18-49 demographic, winning outright all three hours of primetime in both measures, though CBS' "Big Brother" tied "Bee" in the demo at 9:30 p.m. The preliminary ratings data was released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research.

"America's Got Talent" (10.8 million, 3.1 rating/10 share in adults 18-49) was the top show of the night in viewership. It easily outpaced originals "Just for Laughs" (6.8 million, 2.4/8) and "On the Lot" (2 million, 0.9/3) at 8 p.m. as well as ABC's "Primetime: Crime" (6 million, 2.1/6) at 9 p.m.

But CBS' "Big Brother" (7.6 million, 3.2/9) put up a stiffer fight against "Bee" (9.8 million, 3.2/9), tying it at 9:30 p.m. in the demo and for the adults 18-49 lead for the night.

ABC's Web-video newsmagazine "I-Caught" (5.2 million, 1.8/6) sank in its second outing, dropping more than a million viewers between 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. NBC's repeat "Law & Order: SVU" (7.3 million, 2.2/7) won the hour in both measures.

Tuesday averages: NBC (9.4 million, 2.8/9); CBS (6.8 million, 2.2/7); ABC (6 million, 2.1/7); Fox (3.6 million, 1.3/4); and the CW (1.3 million, 0.5/1).