June 6, 2012


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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.

About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.