TV ratings: 'Hell's Kitchen,' 'Got Talent' top Tuesday

hells-kitchen-finale-320.jpgFast National ratings for Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010

The last round -- we think -- of qualifying on "America's Got Talent" gave NBC the biggest overall audience Tuesday night, but the season finale of "Hell's Kitchen" delivered tastier demographic numbers for FOX.

NBC drew 8.6 million viewers and a 5.2 rating/9 share in households for the night, beating second-place CBS (7 million, 4.7/8) by a good-sized margin. FOX (6.6 million, 3.9/7) came in third. ABC took fourth with 5.3 million viewers and a 3.2/5. The CW scored just over 1 million viewers and a 0.7/1.

Thanks to "Hell's Kitchen," FOX led among adults 18-49 with a 2.9 rating, beating out NBC's 2.4. ABC, 1.8, finished third, followed by CBS, 1.2, and The CW, 0.4.

Tuesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"NCIS" rerun (8.6 million viewers, 5.8/10 households)
ABC: "Wipeout" (7.9 million, 4.4/8)
FOX: "Hell's Kitchen" season finale (7.1 million, 4.1/7)
NBC: "Minute to Win It" rerun (5 million, 3.2/6)
The CW: "Plain Jane" rerun (1.3 million, 0.8/1)

18-49 leader: "Hell's Kitchen" (3.2)

9 p.m.

NBC:
"America's Got Talent" (10.5 million, 6.3/10)
CBS: "NCIS: Los Angeles" rerun (7.4 million, 4.9/8)
FOX: "Masterchef" (6.1 million, 3.6/6)
ABC: "Shaq Vs." (3.9 million, 2.4/4)
The CW: "18 to Life" - two episodes (761,000, 0.5/1)

18-49 leader: "America's Got Talent" (2.9)

10 p.m.

NBC:
"America's Got Talent" (10.3 million, 6.2/11)
CBS: "The Good Wife" rerun (4.9 million, 3.5/6)
ABC: "Primetime: What Would You Do?" (4.2 million, 2.7/5)

18-49 leader: "America's Got Talent" (2.9)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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