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.