Facing cable competition from Game 5 of the NBA Finals, NBC's "America's Got Talent" and Fox's "Hell's Kitchen" felt declines on Tuesday night, with NBC pulling out a narrow overall win in ratings and total viewership, according to preliminary numbers.
NBC took first place in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic with a 2.2 rating/6 share and in total viewers with 7.4 million.
Though down 8 percent from last week, "America's Got Talent" at 8 p.m. was still the night's top-rated show, with a 3.4/11, and the most-watched, with 12.2 million total viewers.
The adventure-dating reality series "Love in the Wild" the following hour had its season premiere, slipping 27 percent from last year's series premiere with a 1.6/4, and taking 5 million total viewers.
Fox came in second in ratings with a 2.1/6 and fourth in total viewers with 4.8 million. "Hell's Kitchen" at 8 was down 12 percent from Monday's season premiere (and 16 percent from last June's premiere) with a 2.1/7, and took 4.8 million total viewers. "MasterChef" the following hour was also down from Monday's season premiere (but up from last June's premiere) with a 2.1/6, and also drew 4.8 million total viewers.
Univision came in third in ratings and fifth in total viewers with an average 1.3/4 and 3.3 million.
CBS shared fourth place in ratings with ABC, averaging a 1.2/3, and took second in total viewers with an average 7.2 million. The network ran repeats throughout the night.
ABC, which came in third in total viewers with 5.6 million, ran repeats with the exception of the "20/20" special "Concert for the Queen: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration With Katie Couric" at 10, which received a 1.3/4 and 6.8 million total viewers.