The boys had a good ol’ time in Hong Kong and Kyoto last night on Better Late Than Never (1.6/6), and they put a smile on NBC’s face this morning too. Beating the Week 2 odds, last night’s travelogue show starring William Shatner, George Foreman, Henry Winkler and Terry Bradshaw came in even with its solid debut of August 23. In fact, the second of the four-part BLTN saw a 2% uptick in viewership to 7.51 million.
Add that to a steady and night-topping America’s Got Talent (2.5/10) and NBC took Tuesday primetime with a 2.2/9 rating and 10.51 million viewers – up a tenth in the demo from its victory last week.
It was the opposite for CBS’ only original of the night, with Zoo (0.7/3) going down a tenth from its August 22 episode. Flipping that, the CW’s MADtv (0.3/1) was up a tenth, but could see an adjustment once local MLB preemptions are factored in. For ABC, Bachelor In Paradise (1.4/5) was even with last week but lead-out Bachelor In Paradise: After Paradise (0.9/3) was up 29% from its August 22 airing.
Fox was all encores Tuesday.
For today’s trivia buffs: rising slightly from last week’s repeat, CBS’ NCIS (0.9/3) was the third most watched show of the night after AGT and Better Late Than Never with 7.48 million viewers — because you can never count out a strong procedural.