America’s Got Talent was the top-rated program on the broadcast networks again last night with Adults 18-49, averaging a 3.4 rating from 8-9 pm (up from Monday’s 3.2 but down from a 3.7 last Tuesday when AGT aired in its normal 9 pm slot). NBC moved AGT to 8 pm this week to help launch Love in the Wild, a move that didn’t work out as AGT left ratings on the table by airing in the less-viewed 8 pm hour and viewers simply scattered when they got a look at Love. AGT built from a 3.1 in the 8:00 half hour to a 3.7 at 8:30, but then in the 9:00 half hour NBC plummeted to a 1.9 and bottomed out at a 1.5 in the 10:00 half hour. Over the course of two hours, Love in the Wild averaged a 1.6 rating (below the 2.2 premiere last year on Wednesday, June 29 at 10 pm). For the night, NBC averaged a 2.2 rating from 8-11 pm, tops among the broadcast networks but way down from the 4.3 rating on the same night last year when AGT scored a 3.7 from 8-9 and The Voice averaged a 4.6 from 9-11 pm.
FOX finished a close second (2.1 from 8-10 pm) with more Gordon Ramsay: Hell’s Kitchen (2.1) and MasterChef (2.1), each down a few tenths from their ratings Monday but marking an improvement from the same night last year: MasterChef (1.9) and two Raising Hope repeats (each 1.0).
CBS turned in a 1.2 rating from 8-11 pm with repeats of NCIS (1.2), NCIS Los Angeles (1.3) and 48 Hours (1.1). This is very similar to the 1.2 rating last year on the same night: NCIS (1.3), NCIS: Los Angeles (1.3) and Good Wife (0.9).
ABC tried some original programming from 9-11 to go with low-rated repeats of Last Man Standing, but the night only added up to a 1.1 rating. The two Last Man episodes scored a 0.8 from 8-9 pm, followed by Concert for the Queen: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration with Katie Couric (1.3). Clearly, the American audience is ready to move on from the Queen’s four-day, over-the-top extravaganza. And ABC certainly wished the NBA Finals were on last night instead, as they were this night last year: a 5.0 rating from 8-11 pm, including a 6.7 rating for Game 4, which started at 9 pm.
ESPN had last night’s Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final, which will be the highest-rated program on television last night when the cable ratings are released later.