NBC's 'Talent' makes a showing


"America's Got Talent" continued to perform well for NBC, leading the network to second place in viewership and adults 18-49 for the week ending Sunday.

CBS claimed the top spot in viewership, while Fox, which continues to have success in reality with "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Hell's Kitchen," won in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research data.

Fox got the week started last Monday with "Hell's Kitchen" (7.4 million, 3.6/10), which overpowered at 9 p.m. the reality competition from ABC with "The Ex-Wives Club" (3.5 million, 1.2/3) and NBC's "Age of Love" (5.6 million, 2.3/6). CBS swooped in with a viewership win led by "Two and a Half Men" (9.1 million, 2.7/8) and "CSI: Miami" (8.9 million, 2.6/7).

Tuesday belonged to NBC with a two-hour "Talent" (11.5 million, 3.8/12), which gave the peacock the win in both measures. Nothing else could get any traction, especially the low-rated "On the Lot" (2.2 million, 1.1/4).

But the balance swung back to Fox on Wednesday with two hours of "Dance," with the first hour winning with 8.6 million, 3.3/11 in adults 18-49 and the second hour crushing the competition with 9.8 million viewers and a 3.8/11 in the demo against ABC's "American Inventor" (6.5 million, 2.3/7) and NBC's "Last Comic Standing" (6.5 million, 2.5.7).

Thursday was must-see reality TV for Fox, with "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" (9.3 million, 3.0/10) easily defeating CBS' "Pirate Master" (5.2 million, 1.6/6) and "Dance" (9.4 million, 3.4/10) prevailing at 9 p.m. The finale of NBC's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (4.2 million, 2.0/6) won 10 p.m. in adults 18-49.

After two nights of low-rated repeats on Friday and Saturday, Sunday was won by Fox in adults 18-49 thanks to a repeat of "Family Guy" (5.1 million, 2.7/8) that was the highest-rated show of the night and "The Simpsons" (4.9 million, 2.4/8) that out-rated in the demo NBC's "A Concert for Diana" (8.8 million, 2.2/7) at 8 p.m. CBS won the night in viewers with repeats.

Fox (5.5 million, 2.2/7) won the week in adults 18-49, while CBS (6.8 million, 1.6/5) won it in viewership followed by NBC (5.7 million, 1.9/6), ABC (4.5 million, 1.5/5) and the CW (1.8 million, 0.7/2).