NBC victorious in four-way reality rumble


NEW YORK -- Reality had a four-way rumble in Tuesday's primetime, with a rare night of all four networks having original reality shows vying in the 8 p.m. hour. NBC came away with a narrow victory in the 8 p.m. hour and a slightly wider one for the entire night.

CBS came close with the premiere of "Power of 10," which didn't set any records ablaze though it seemed to give NBC's "America's Got Talent" a run for its money between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. But "America's Got Talent" (10.7 million, 3.2 rating/10 share in adults 18-49) still came out on top for the 8 p.m. hour and the entire night, according to preliminary estimates released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research.

"Power of 10," on the other hand, came in a strong second with 9.2 million viewers and a 2.7/9 in the demo, well ahead of ABC's "Just for Laughs" (6.6 million, 2.0/6) as well as Fox's underperforming "On the Lot" (2 million, 0.9./3).

The competition narrowed a bit at 9 p.m., with NBC's last half hour of "Talent" and then "The Singing Bee" (9.2 million, 3.0/8) prevailing against CBS' "Big Brother" (7.2 million, 2.9/8) as well as the premiere of ABC's "Primetime: Crime" (7 million, 2.2/6). ABC's premiere of "I-Caught" (6.3 million, 2.2/6) narrowly won at 10 p.m. against a repeat "NCIS" (6.8 million, 1.7/5) that won in viewership and a repeat "Law & Order: SVU" (6.4 million, 2.0/6).

Tuesday averages: NBC (9 million, 2.7/8); CBS (7.7 million, 2.5/7); ABC (6.6 million, 2.1/6); Fox (3.5 million, 1.3/4); and the CW (1.3 million, 0.5/2).