‘America’s Got Talent’ Hits Near Series Ratings High, ‘101 Ways… Game Show’ Impressive

Written by Michael Lambarde on Jul. 06, 2011

It may now be five years old, but America’s Got Talent is still breaking records. The reality series just drew the highest adults 18-49 rating in five years, only to be outdone by its series premiere back in June of 2006. The ratings were good enough to put NBC on the map, drawing a 4.2 demographic amongst adults 18-49 and 14.41 million. FOX was second with a 1.8 demo and 4.13 million viewers, followed by ABC’s 1.5 demo and 4.78 million and CBS’s 1.2 demo and 7.12 million. The CW took last with a 0.2 demo and 524,000 viewers.

NBC aired a three-hour block of Talent Wednesday. First, the network aired the final auditions at 8PM, which drew a 3.4 rating and 12.21 million viewers overall. The network then started the Las Vegas portion of the show, which drew an impressive 4.5 adults 18-49 rating and 15.51 million viewers throughout the span of its two hours. The final two hours of the show was up 29% in the demo compared to last week during its one hour broadcast at 8PM, and up 22% in total viewers (12.04 million, 3.2)

FOX decided to go with a rerun of Kitchen Nightmares, 1.5 demo and 3.48 million viewers, and a new episode of MasterChef, 2.1 demo and 4.77 million viewers. MasterChef was up 19% from last week in the demo, and up 12% in total viewers (4.22 million, 1.7). MasterChef aired at 8PM last week, though.

ABC was next, but its overall ratings were down quite a bit compared to last time due to Wipeout being a rerun at 8PM, bringing in only 5.14 million viewers and a 1.6 demo. However, despite its lead-in being a rerun, 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show was able to grow 24% from Wipeout in the demo, drawing 4.85 million and a 1.9 demo — down 8% in total viewers compared to last week, but up 5% in the demo (5.52 million, 1.2). Lead-out Combat Hospital slipped in total viewers compared to last week, but stayed steady in the demo — drawing 4.34 million and a 1.1 demo.

CBS went with an all rerun line-up of NCIS, 8.86 million and a 1.4 demo, NCIS: LA, 6.95 million and a 1.1 demo, and 48 Hours Mystery covering the Casey Anthony trial, 5.53 million and a 1.2 demo. The latter special improved the timeslot compared to last week’s Good Wife rerun by 33% in the demo and by 13% in the demo (4.82 million, 0.8). The CW continued to turn out reruns by airing One Tree Hill, 610,000 viewers and a 0.2 demo, and Hellcats, 440,000 viewers and a 0.1 demo.