'Talent,' 'Singing Bee' propel Peacock


NBC took the crown in total viewers and the demo Tuesday night on the strength of reality competition series "America's Got Talent" and "The Singing Bee."

"Bee" was the most-watched program of the night, averaging 10.8 million total viewers and a 3.6 rating/10 share in the adults 18-49 demo in its 9:30-10 p.m. slot, according to preliminary estimates released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research. "Bee" fell 29% in the demo from its premiere last week.

"Talent," which aired from 8-9:30 p.m., averaged 10.3 million and a 3.2/10. That was good enough for second place on the night, though the episode marked its lowest Tuesday rating of the summer.

Also at 8 p.m., original programming included ABC's "Just for Laughs" special (8.3 million, 2.7/9) and a new installment of Fox's struggling reality series "On the Lot" (2.2 million, 0.9/3).

A new episode of CBS' "Big Brother" at 9 p.m. averaged 6.9 million and a 2.7/8, off 4% year-over-year in the demo, while ABC's "Shaq's Big Challenge" drew 5.4 million and a 1.9/6.

A repeat of NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" (9.5 million, 2.8/8) won the 10 p.m. hour, outperforming ABC's "Primetime: Family Secrets" (6.9 million, 2.5/7) and CBS' "Pirate Masters" (4.4 million, 1.5/4).

Nightly averages: NBC (10.1 million, 3.1/10), ABC (6.9 million, 2.4/7), CBS (6.3 million, 1.9/6), Fox (4.2 million, 1.5/5), CW (1.4 million, 0.6/2).