TV ratings: 'New Girl' premiere up from last year, 'Dads' and 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' have decent starts

new-girl-s3-prem-ratings.jpgFast National ratings for Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013

The opening night of FOX's comedy block turned in mostly decent results Tuesday: "New Girl" was up over its premiere a year ago, and the series debuts of "Dads" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" did OK, with "Brooklyn" building on its lead-in. On the downside, "The Mindy Project" fell from its 2012 premiere, but it did do better than last season's average.

Elsewhere Tuesday, "America's Got Talent" rose in both viewers and adults 18-49 for NBC, and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" rebounded for The CW after dipping last week. ABC primed its audience for next week's "Agents of SHIELD" debut by airing "Iron Man 2."

Thanks to "AGT," NBC led the night in viewers with just over 9 million, along with a 5.6 rating/9 share in households. CBS (8.15 million, 5.4/9) came in second. FOX (5.3 million, 3.3/5) took third, followed by ABC with 3.8 million viewers and a 2.4/4. The CW (1.7 million, 1.0/2) trailed.

FOX scored the top spot among adults 18-49 with a 2.3 rating. NBC finished second at 2.0. ABC's 1.2 edged CBS' 1.1 for third, while The CW came in at 0.6.

Tuesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"NCIS" rerun (10.4 million viewers, 6.9/11 households)
FOX: "Dads" series premiere (5.6 million, 3.5/6)/"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" series premiere (6 million, 3.8/6)
NBC: "The Million Second Quiz" (5.2 million, 3.4/6)
ABC: Movie - "Iron Man 2" (3.6 million, 2.3/4)
The CW: "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (2.4 million, 1.4/2)/"Whose Line" rerun (2.3 million, 1.4/2)

18-49 leader: "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.5)

9 p.m.

NBC:
"America's Got Talent" (11 million, 6.8/11)
CBS: "NCIS: Los Angeles" rerun (7.9 million, 5.2/8)
FOX: "New Girl" season premiere (5.6 million, 3.3/5)/"The Mindy Project" season premiere (3.95 million, 2.5/4)
ABC: "Iron Man 2" (4 million, 2.5/4)
The CW: "Capture" (1.1 million, 0.6/1)

18-49 leader: "New Girl" (2.9)

10 p.m.

NBC:
"America's Got Talent" (10.9 million, 6.7/11)
CBS: "Person of Interest" rerun (6.2 million, 4.1/7)
ABC: "Iron Man 2" (3.7 million, 2.5/4)

18-49 leader: "America's Got Talent" (2.5)

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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