It was another week for NBC's peacock to crow. The struggling network saw its America's Got Talent rank first and second in the Nielsen ratings, with the two-hour Tuesday edition averaging 12 million viewers and the one-hour Wednesday edition 11.1 million. Moreover, its Sunday night preseason NFL telecast between the Saints and Raiders averaged 9.3 million viewers. It was enough to give NBC a second-place win for the week among the key 18-49 demographic and a second-place finish among total adults with an average 3.4 household rating and a 6 share, behind leader CBS with a 4.0/7. ABC came in third among total adults with a 3.1/5, but Fox floundered with a 1.8/3. Among the nightly newscasts, NBC expanded its lead again with 8.8 million tuning in to NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams . ABC World News with Diane Sawyer placed second with 7.7 million viewers, while the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley placed third with 6.1 million.
The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research 1. America's Got Talent (Tuesday), NBC, 7/11; 2. America's Got Talent (Wednesday), NBC, 6.4/10; 3. NCIS, CBS, 6.3/10; 4. NFL Preseason Football, NBC, 5.6/9; 4. (Tie) NCIS Los Angeles , CBS, 5.6/9; 6. 60 Minutes, CBS, 5.3/10; 7. NCIS (10 00 p.m. Special), CBS, 5/8; 8. Big Brother 13 (Wednesday), CBS, 4.8/8; 9. Big Brother 13 (Thursday), CBS, 4.7/8; 10. The Big Bang Theory , CBS, 4.6/8; 10. (Tie) Big Brother 13 (Sunday), CBS, 4.6/7.