NBC has a flair for victory with 'Talent'


NEW YORK -- NBC came away with an overwhelming victory in Tuesday's primetime thanks to another winning performance by "America's Got Talent."

The two-hour "Talent" was the night's top show with 11.4 million viewers and a 3.7 rating/12 share in adults 18-49, according to preliminary estimates released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research. It was down in both measures compared with last week (12.5 million, 4.4/14), but it was still enough to overpower anything else between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

There were only a handful of other originals on broadcast TV, including another episode of "On the Lot" (2.3 million, 1.1/4) on Fox and the premiere of "Shaq's Big Challenge" (4.4 million, 1.7/5) on ABC. "Lot" was about even with last week (2.5 million, 1.1/4), while "Challenge" was only marginally better than the two repeats of ABC's "According to Jim" that aired in the hour last Tuesday night.

NBC won all three hours of primetime, with 10 p.m. going to "Law & Order: SVU" (8.7 million, 2.8/8) against the premiere of ABC's "Primetime: Family Secrets" (5.8 million, 2.1/6) and CBS' "48 Hours Mystery" (6.3 million, 1.8/5).

Tuesday averages: NBC (10.5 million, 3.4/10); CBS (6.7 million, 1.5/5); ABC (4.7 million, 1.8/5); Fox (4.4 million, 1.6/5); and the CW (1.3 million, 0.5/2).