Susan Boyle Trumps Obama on 'America's Got Talent'
Susan Boyle Trumps Obama on 'America's Got Talent'
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
If you don't know it yet, overnight singing sensation and Britain's Got Talent runner-up Susan Boyle made her first post-BGT appearance last week on the show's stateside cousin America's Got Talent. Much has been said about how delightfully funny and unassuming the 48-year-old turned out, but perhaps unbeknownst to many, the interview eclipsed a supposed news conference by President Barack Obama.

According to published reports, the US president was once again wooing the broadcast networks for a primetime spot, but both NBC and Fox weren't as willing this time. The Susan Boyle interview, the full version of which aired on America's Got Talent, was at 9pm, while Obama's address became its lead-in at 8pm. NBC and Fox didn't want the Boyle interview and So You Think You Can Dance, respectively, preempted for the news conference, set to be about health care.


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Los Angeles Times White House correspondent Peter Nicholas said the switch was made to "make it more likely that everyone would air it - networks and cable."

In ratings news, America's Got Talent remains to be the hottest, most watched show last week, its Tuesday edition reeling in 13.8 mil while its Wednesday, 11.3, taking the first two spots. However, the numbers still weren't enough to push NBC past CBS, which filled the next five spots with repeats to snag the most viewers for the week, with an average of 6.2 million viewers in primetime.


- Glenn L. Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Los Angeles Times, MTV News
(Image courtesy of MTV News)

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