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NBC was back at the top of the ratings Tuesday night, thanks to another night of Olympics swimming trials and the second night of America’s Got Talent in Las Vegas. The network also shared the best average rating in the key 18-49 demographic with Fox’s Gordon Ramsay block again.
NBC easily came in first, averaging 7.8 million viewers and a 2.2 18-49 rating. The network kicked off with the Olympics trials, live from Omaha, Neb., which drew 6.95 million viewers and a 1.9 18-49 rating. According to the early numbers, that almost tied the largest audience ever for swimming trials. The Aug. 20, 2000 trials currently hold the record with 7 million viewers. AGT followed with 11.52 million viewers and a 3.2 18-49 rating, a 7 percent jump over its last original Tuesday episode. Love In The Wild was up significantly with 5.03 million viewers and a 1.6 18-49 rating.
CBS came in second with 6.67 million viewers, but had just a 1.1 18-49 rating. Following repeats of NCIS (7.92 million viewers) and NCIS: LA (6.4 million), an episode of 48 Hours Mystery drew 5.66 million viewers and a 1.0 18-49 rating.
Fox averaged 5.33 million viewers and tied with NBC with a 2.2 18-49 rating on the night. Hell’s Kitchen had 5.34 million viewers and a 2.2 18-49 rating, beating the Olympics trials. It was also steady with last week. MasterChef had 5.32 million viewers and a 2.2 18-49 rating as well.
ABC was in a distant fourth with just 2.57 million viewers and a 0.7 18-49 rating. The network ran repeats of Last Man standing and Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition.
The CW’s The Catalina drew 569,000 viewers and a 0.2 18-49 rating.
Univision actually drew better numbers than ABC, earning 3.39 million viewers and a 1.2 18-49 rating.