Despite the 10 percent drop from last year, the two-hour premiere of America's Got Talent still managed to become the most watched program of the week, marking the first time NBC edged out perennial ratings king CBS.
America's Got Talent, moreover, helped summer rookie The Philanthropist draw 7.1 million viewers, good enough to easily become the most successful pilot this summer. A repeat of NCIS was good enough for second spot at 11.1 mil, just a little below half-a-mil behind AGT. Two specials for recent newsmakers Farah Fawcett and Michael Jackson also made dents on the ratings list, placing 8th and 13th for ABC and CBS respectively.
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In other Got Talent news, judge Simon Cowell, who also sits on the American Idol
panel, recently backtracked and apologized to Britain's Got Talent
runner-up Susan Boyle for potential liability of the British talent show in the breakdown she suffered.
"When I asked her if she was enjoying herself, she replied: 'Simon, I am having the time of my life.' I was pleased. I thought whatever happens, we have changed this lady's life."
All these change, said Cowell, when dance group Diversity won. "I looked over at her face and thought: 'Christ, she doesn't know how to deal with not winning.'" Furthermore, the Brit revealed that Britain's Got Talent
producers actually wrestled with the idea of letting Boyle continue with the show knowing full well that the experience had been mighty stressful for the 47-year-old.
Down the line, however, Cowell said that he still had plans of recording an album with Boyle, and that this isn't the end of the road for her. "She seemed fine with all the attention -- I thought she was utterly charming and really thrilled with what had happened. I thought, perhaps naively, that she was in control. "
- Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Entertainment Weekly
, New York Daily News
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