'America's Got Talent' Finale Gives NBC Ratings Boost


America’s Got Talent ended its summer season run final week with the most-watched leisure applications on tv since May, though its recognition dipped this summer season.

Just below 13 million folks watched the ultimate two episodes of the NBC competitors final week, the place magician Shin Lim was chosen because the winner. While these have been larger audiences than any leisure present because the final unique episode of The Big Bang Theory, Wednesday’s (Sept. 19) finale was down 18 p.c from the 2017 season finale, the Nielsen firm mentioned.

Last season was an anomaly for the expertise present, which had its highest scores ever throughout its 12th season. Young ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer was a preferred winner in 2017. Overall, viewership for the principle Tuesday version of the present was down 11 p.c from final 12 months, Nielsen mentioned.

Still, America’s Got Talent stays by far the most well-liked tv collection of the summer season, and NBC is planning a midseason version this 12 months for the primary time. That collection, together with a Sunday evening soccer matchup, led NBC to a dominant week within the tv scores, practically doubling its closest rival in viewers dimension.

NBC averaged eight.2 million viewers for the week. CBS was second with four.2 million, Fox had four million, ABC had 2.7 million, Univision has 1.33 million, Telemundo had 1.32 million, ION Television had 1.2 million and the CW had 650,000.