Obama-fueled NBC wins Tuesday ratings
White House special, 'SVU' lead way for PeacockNBC won Tuesday night in the ratings with a varied range of programming that sparked conversation both on and off the air.
The network opened with its second episode of "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!" (5.5 million viewers, 2.2 rating in adults 18-49), falling 15% from Monday's premiere. The reality competition's story line made headlines as contestants Heidi and Spencer Pratt of MTV's "The Hills" fame seemingly mulled whether to quit the show.
More viewers showed up for Part 1 of the NBC News special "Inside the Obama White House" at 9 p.m. Anchor Brian Williams had unprecedented access to capture a day in the life of the executive branch, and the special drew 9.2 million viewers and a 2.6 rating, easily winning the hour.
At 10 p.m., NBC aired the evening's highest-rated program, the 10th-season finale of "Law & Order: SVU" (11.6 million, 3.5), though it was the drama's lowest-rated finale to date.
In late-night, Conan O'Brien hosted his second episode of "The Tonight Show," receiving a 5.0 household rating and 12 share, down 30% compared with his Monday debut.
Still, Jay Leno's average for the second quarter while hosting "Tonight" was a 3.9 rating, so O'Brien still performed 22% higher than Leno's recent average. O'Brien also handily beat CBS' "Late Show With David Letterman" (3.0).
Also Tuesday, Will Ferrell's visit to Discovery Channel's "Man vs. Wild" drew 4 million viewers -- the biggest audience in the show's history. In the adult demo, "Wild" scored a 2.2 rating.