NBC is king with princes' 'Dateline' appearance


NEW YORK -- NBC won Tuesday night's primetime, highlighted by "Dateline NBC" and its exclusive interview with Princes William and Harry.

"Dateline" was the night's top program with 12.2 million viewers and a 4.1 rating/12 share in adults 18-49, according to preliminary estimates released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. That not only was the top show at 10 p.m. but also all night.

It was also the best ratings for "Dateline" since Jan. 4, 2005, when the show interviewed Amber Frey.

NBC won two of three hours in primetime, winning with "Deal or No Deal" (11.9 million, 3.1/10) against mostly repeats at 8 p.m. But the premiere of "Age of Love" (6.9 million, 2.4/7) came in third in the hour against Fox's established "Hell's Kitchen" (7.3 million, 3.4/9) as well as CBS repeats "Two and a Half Men" (9.2 million, 2.7/8) and "How I Met Your Mother" (7.5 million, 2.4/6).

Monday averages: NBC (10.4 million, 3.2/9); CBS (7.2 million, 2.2/7); Fox (5.4 million, 2.5/8); ABC (4.6 million, 1.8/5); and the CW (1.7 million, 0.7/2).