NBC’s America’s Got Talent Is The #1 Debut of The Summer In Total Viewers

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NBC’S ‘AMERICA’S GOT TALENT’ IS THE #1 DEBUT OF THE SUMMER IN TOTAL VIEWERS

‘TALENT’ IS ALSO THE #1 REALITY TELECAST OF THE SUMMER TO-DATE IN TOTAL VIEWERS

‘AMERICA’S GOT TALENT’ IS THE TOP-RATED SHOW OF THE NIGHT IN ADULTS 18-49 AND ALL OTHER KEY RATINGS MEASURES, PACING NBC TO A NIGHTLY WIN IN ALL KEY DEMOGRAPHICS ? ADULTS, MEN AND WOMEN 18-34, 18-49 AND 25-54
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. ? June 24, 2009 ? Last night’s season premiere of “America’s Got Talent” became the #1 series debut of the summer to date in total viewers, topping the premiere of all other new and returning series since the May sweep, according to “fast affiliate-based” “live plus same day” viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research. “Talent” is also the #1 reality telecast of the summer to date, premiere or otherwise, in total viewers (pending updates).

Last night from 9-11 p.m. ET, the fourth season premiere of “America’s Got Talent” (3.2 rating, 10 share in adults 18-49, 11.3 million viewers overall) was the #1 show on any network for the night in adults 18-49, total viewers and all other key ratings categories. This paced NBC to a Tuesday night win in all key demographics ? adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54. NBC was also #1 among the broadcast networks for the night in kids 2-11 and teens 12-17.

“America’s Got Talent” grew from its first half-hour to its fourth by 48 percent in 18-49 rating (to a 3.7/11 from a 2.5/8) and by 35 percent or 3.2 million persons in total viewers (to 12.5 million from 9.3 million). For its second hour from 10-11 p.m. ET, “Talent” topped the ABC-CBS competition combined in all key ratings categories. And, in head-to-head competition from 9-9:30 p.m., “Talent” topped the debut of ABC’s “Superstars” in all key ratings categories, beating the final half-hour of “Superstars” by a 56 margin in adults 18-49 (2.5 vs. 1.6 from 9-9:30 p.m.) and by 128 percent in total viewers (9.3 million vs. 4.1 million in that half-hour).

From 8-9 p.m. ET, “I’m a Celebrity?Get Me Out of Here!” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall) tied for #2 in the time period among the broadcast networks in women 18-49 and men 18-34, pending updates.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for Tuesday night are: NBC, 2.6/8; CBS, 1.6/5; ABC, 1.3/4; Fox, 1.2/4; CW, 0.5/1. In overall total viewers, June 23 preliminary results are: CBS, 9.1 million; NBC, 9.0 million; ABC, 3.6 million; Fox, 3.5 million; CW, 1.2 million.

Note that all national ratings are “live plus same day” unless otherwise indicated.

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