It was a successful Tuesday night for NBC, as the second season premiere of America’s Got Talent
rose to the top of the summer ratings charts. The show brought in an average of 12.9 million viewers, half a million more than last season’s debut. Moreover, based on the Nielsen Media Research, the show achieved a 4.3/12 rating/share in the Adults 19-49 demographic.
The figures also reveal that, so far, America’s Got Talent
has beaten other equally popular reality competitions that premiered some weeks before, including the third seasons of the Fox Network’s So You Think You Can Dance
and Hell’s Kitchen
. Among the other shows that America’s Got Talent
bested in the ratings game are the series premieres of CBS’ Pirate Master
and ABC’s The Next Best Thing
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The show, which features a variety of celebrity judges, first aired in June last year. Although the second season was originally scheduled to begin on January 2007, NBC decided to move the premiere back to summer, seeing as the first season had experienced much success during that period. The rescheduling also freed the show from the burden of competing with the larger and more popular reality series, American Idol, for which America’s Got Talent’s co-creator Simon Cowell is a judge.
Although Baywatch star David Hasselhoff and journalist Piers Morgan have retained their seats in the judges’ panel, music artist Brandy Norwood has been replaced by Sharon Osbourne. Norwood decided to remove herself from the show after she was charged with a wrongful death suit with regards to a vehicular accident she caused on the Los Angeles freeway on December 30, 2006. Hosting duties of America’s Got Talent have also been delegated to popular television talk show host, Jerry Springer.
To catch more outrageous and spectacular performances, tune in every Tuesday night to America’s Got Talent on NBC.
-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
(Photo Courtesy of NBC)