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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., June 22) -- viewers go to Hell's, then Talent

The first hour of Fox's Hell's Kitchen bested the return of ABC's Wipeout Tuesday night before NBC took charge with a two-hour dose of America's Got Talent.

Trampled was ABC's 8 p.m. launch of Downfall, in which contestants perched atop a 10-story building tried to keep big prizes from falling off the edge. It of course was hosted by a wrestler -- Chris Jericho.

Kitchen got hot in the 7 p.m. hour with 210,375 D-FW viewers, enough to edge runner-up Wipeout (203,589 viewers). But chef Gordon Ramsay's recurring tirades had a much bigger win with advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds.

Talent kicked in from 8 to 10 p.m. with an average of 291,811 total viewers while the second hour of Kitchen slid to second (190,016) and Downfall (142,512 viewers) landed in fourth among the Big Four broadcast networks.

NBC's summertime juggernaut also held serve with 18-to-49-year-olds, nipping Kitchen from 8 to 9 p.m. and then dominating the 9 p.m. hour with far more viewers in this age range than ABC, CBS and Fox combined. Downfall climbed a rung to third place, beating CBS' repeat of NCIS: Los Angeles.

In local news derby results, NBC5 rode Talent's big lead-in audience to wins at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

The Peacock also swept the 6 a.m. competitions.

Fox4 likewise had a big day in the early evening news races, running the table at 5 p.m. and also winning at 6 p.m. with 25-to-54-year-olds. Fox4 and CBS11 tied for the 6 p.m. lead in total viewers.