"Talent" was the top show in both total viewership and among key 18- to-49-year-olds, according to early numbers from Nielsen.
The Season 9 premiere of the unscripted show — featuring judges
In 18-to-49, that's down a tenth of a point from last summer's season debut, which had ratings juggernaut
NBC also premiered the new hospital series "The Night Shift," which averaged 7.8-million viewers and a 1.6 in 18-to-49 behind "Talent."
In prime time, NBC averaged a 2.5 in 18-to-49, more than double second-place
Meanwhile, Fox's new shows struggled Tuesday.
The improv series "Riot" improved from its minuscule showing two weeks ago but still managed only a 0.6 in 18-to-49. Also, the critically panned reality show "I Wanna Marry 'Harry'" is getting few suitors, falling 43% from its "American Idol"-boosted premiere a week ago to a 0.4.
Though headlines have long focused on declines for the veteran singing contest, it's clear "AI's" absence leaves a big hole in Fox's lineup.
On ABC, "Extreme Weight Loss" returned with its new season, rising 8% from a year ago to a 1.3 in 18-to-49. After that, "Celebrity Wife Swap" switched higher from last week, earning a 1.2 in the key demographic for a weekly improvement of 33%.