There wasn’t an NBA Finals game on, but it was a good night for ABC nonetheless. The debut of the small screen version of Uncle Buck (1.5/6) scored the Disney-owned net the best summer comedy launch among adults 18-49 since the animated The Goode Family opened on May 27, 2009 with a 1.6/4. Uncle Buck also topped last year’s NBC summer comedy debut of the now shuttered Mr. Robinson, which pulled in a 1.1/4 for its double episode premiere on August 5 last year in the same time slot on a Wednesday.
With the Mike Epps-led adaptation of the 1989 John Candy pic running back-to-back episodes from 9 to 10 PM, ABC book-ended its Tuesday night with the premiere of To Tell The Truth at 8 PM (1.0/4) and 10 PM (1.2/5). While obviously not laying a glove on America’s Got Talent (2.5/9), the 8 PM showing of the new version of the classic game show did beat out Hotel Hell (0.9/4) in the slot. Having said that, the Gordon Ramsay-hosted Fox series was up 29% in the key demo over last week, when it faced The Bachelorette as well as AGT.
With AGT up two tenths from the final numbers of its June 7 show and newbie variety show Maya & Marty (1.4/5) leaping 17%, NBC topped the night with a 2.1/8 overall rating and 9.22 million viewers. Worth noting that the Martin Short and Maya Rudolph show’s rise puts it very close to matching its May 31 premiere – so we’ll see what the adjusted numbers bring.
CBS was all encores except for a 10 PM Person Of Interest (1.0/4), which was even with last week – as was Fox’s Coupled (0.5/2) at 9 PM. The CW’s only original of the night was the now cancelled Containment (0.3/1), which was up a tenth from its June 7 show.