There wasn’t a lot new on television on Tuesday but there were some wild cards. America’s Got Talent (2.5/7) started off the night live from Newark for NBC with figurative wild cards picked by the judges. Down 11% from last week, the semifinal show saw Howard Stern, Sharon Osborne and Howie Mandel bring back four previously eliminated acts, including an opera singing Goth, for a second chance at the big prize. However, something must have worked because Talent was still the top show of the night among the Adult 18-49 demo and, with 9.64 million watching, total viewers. NBC also won the night both among Adults 18-49 and total viewers. On Fox, it was Tuesday so that meant more Gordon Ramsey. After a MasterChef (1.3/4) repeat at 8 PM, a brand new MasterChef (2.4/7) aired at 9 PM. With less than a month to go before the September 10 season finale, it is down to four contestants on the cooking competition series though the show remained flat from last week. Otherwise the only other new show of the night was N.Y. Med (1.0/3) at 10 PM. Down to first of a two-night season finale, the eight-part ABC medical docudrama was also flat with last week’s show.
With the exception of N.Y. Med, ABC was all repeats Tuesday evening with The Middle (0.8/3), Last Man Standing (0.8/3), Happy Endings (0.8/2) and Don’t Trust The B—- In Apartment 23 (0.6/2). NBC followed the two-hour Talent Tuesday with encore broadcasts of the pilots of Go On (1.4/4) and Animal Practice (1.0/3 ). Both the Matthew Perry vehicle and the single-camera vet ensemble comedy were originally aired by NBC during the XXX Summer Olympicsin the hopes that some of that mega-audience exposure gold dust would rub off on the two new shows. Last night’s encores got 4.9 million and 3.7 million total viewers respectively. The 11 -11:30 PM time slot that Go On was previewed in commercial-free from 11:04 – 11:30 PM on August 8 had total viewership of 18.6 million. On the closing night of the London Games, Animal Practice had 12.8 million viewers overall. CBS had a full night of repeats with NCIS (1.2/4), NCIS: Los Angeles (1.1/3) and The Mentalist (1.1/3). With 8.05 million viewers, that NCIS repeat was the second most watched show of the night in terms of total viewers.