"Talent" averaged 11.2 million viewers overall, making it the night's most-watched show, according to early numbers from Nielsen.
In the key 18-to-49-year-old demographic, the celebrity-judged competition scored a rating of 2.8, beating the combined rating of its time-slot rivals on ABC,
Bolstered by the variety contest, the new medical drama "The Night Shift" held up fine from its week-ago debut, dropping just 6% to a rating of 1.5 in 18-49.
ABC's 10 p.m. "Celebrity Wife Swap" finale earned 4 million viewers total and a 1.4 in the key young adults category, where a ratings point equals about 1.3 million viewers. In 18-49, the show was up 17% from last week and rose 27% from its prior season finale last July, marking a respectable finish for the cycle after premiering sluggishly in April.
"Extreme Weight Loss," the network's other Tuesday offering, sank 15% from last week's season opener to a 1.1 in 18-49.
Fox's unscripted rookies continued to flounder, as the new improv series "Riot" and the not-so-royal dating game "I Wanna Marry 'Harry' " each earned a 0.4 in the demo.