'America's Got Talent' premiere, 'The Voice' set viewership records


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NBC hit a super high note Tuesday night with the return of America’s Got Talent and The Voice.

Got Talent delivered 15 million viewers — its most-watched premiere ever — along with a 4.2 adult demo rating that’s up 17 percent from last summer’s Got Talent debut.

At 10 p.m., The Voice had 14.4 million viewers — its most-watched episode yet — along with a 4.9 adult demo rating, up 29 percent from last week and marking its best-rated episode in four weeks.

The viewership records and demo gains were against ABC’s NBA Finals coverage of the Dallas Mavericks at Miami Heat (11.8 million, 5.5), which edged the network into beating NBC for the nightly win despite the high-flying reality shows. The NBA game was the highest-rated Game 1 of the finals since 2004.

NBC’s Got Talent performance was likely helped by not facing Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen and ABC’s Wipeout like it did during last summer’s debut, but still… these are fantastic ratings for summer programming. I suspect promoting the return of Got Talent during The Voice during May sweeps helped re-launch the veteran hit, while Got Talent in turn boosted The Voice with its strong reality lead-in.

Between Hell’s and So You Think You Can Dance, Fox normally wins the summer in the adult demo (and I wouldn’t be surprised if MasterChef returned strong). But with Got Talent paired with The Voice, NBC could give the network a run for its money this year.


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  • Marcia

    I almost feel happy for the NBC suits. Almost. They haven’t had much to smile about for a long time. AGT isn’t my cup of tea but I’m enjoying The Voice. Loving the combination of judges particularly.

    • Rita

      The Voice is AWFUL.
      What a horrible rip off.

      • Andrew

        Don’t watch it then honey. It’s just that simple.

  • Johnification

    The Voice has been impressing this non-reality fan with it’s fun chemistry and moments of the musicians talking about performance in a detailed, specific, constructive way.

    I’m also stoked that it looks like Smash will have a VERY strong lead-in next year.

    • Stephen

      Agree on all points. LOVE The Voice because of the chemistry and banter between the judges, and the non-exploitative treatment of the contestants. And cannot WAIT for Smash to start in 2012. Hope you’re right about the strong lead-in…

      • wino

        well, i do agree about the judges. i love their banter. however, most of those contestants are plants and you have to wonder if its the record execs calling the shots, not the celeb judges.

      • DedTV

        They aren’t plants any more than the people on any other show. The Voice just doesn’t try to hide what the people have done before the show like some do. Idol is famous for that. They made Carrie Underwood look like she’d been feeding chickens on a farm all her life and had only sang in church, but she’d been on the radar of several labels since she was 14 and nearly signed with Capitol Records when she was 16 based on her having been touring all over the Central US for years.
        The Voice doesn’t do that kind of thing.

    • Rita

      Shut your moronic pie hole, “wino”.

    • maiv

      Agreed! I normally don’t tune in to reality show competitions (not a fan of Idol), but I love The Voice! Great chemistry between the judges. I just hope next year the judges are just as amusing and critical (I doubt all four are returning next year, but I guess you never know…).

  • Mike A

    NBC has always been really good at reality TV shows dating back to “Fear Factor”, “Deal or no Deal”, “Apprentice”, etc. What it has never been able to do for a long time is create solid scripted programming across their broadcasting nights.

  • John

    Yay at “The Voice”. Such a different and interesting singing competition. I really enjoy watching it! And of course, having THE VOICE (Christina) as a coach of “The Voice” makes a lot of sense.

    I can’t wait for the live shows!

    • Rita

      Get your testoterone checked, please.

      • toxic

        Rita, is it your time of the month or what.

      • MrTemecula

        Oh, Rita, time for you to get out of the kitchen. It ain’t the Fifties anymore. Mrs. Cleaver is nobody’s role model.

  • Jethro

    AGT is clear family fun. I am electing to just watch the finalists to avoid the many weeks of silly auditions. I did this with AI and tuned in to the first show when the competition really begins. AGT can drag on the audition process for 6-8 weeks, so I can wait until the actual competition begins.

    • lauren

      I loved America’s Got Talent last night. Not 1 but 2 contestants fell off the stage. Only way that could’ve been better would’ve been if Piers Morgan had then clubbed them like baby seals. What a couple of douches!

      • lori

        The real douche is the one making light of animal cruelty.

      • Parker

        OMG, how funny was that? The first contestant was bad enough when he suddenly tumbled off the stage (and Sharon jumped up and turned around, for some reason). But when the second, douchier dude walked off the stage while talking I just lost it.
        Of course, neither one beat the “Hot Hot Hot” guy for sheer cluelessness.

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  • JEFF

    I agree with Jethro-I take no joy in watching people make idiots of themselves during the audition shows for AGT AI etc-I will tune it when the competion begins

    • Seth

      Actually there were fewer clueless auditions last night than usual during the opening rounds, and more actual talent. You missed some really good performers (although, as you said, they will be back).

  • ben

    Great for NBC. Now if we can solve that Thursday’s problem.

    • Johnification

      If by “that Thursday problem” you mean “having four of the best reviewed sitcoms on TV that few watch”, then yes, I hope they’re able to pull more viewers to some of the best stuff on TV.

      • Brad

        Well said, @Johnification. I hate when people criticize NBC for having poor ratings, when they actually have some of my favorite shows overall (Community, Parks & Rec, The Office, 30 Rock, Parenthood, etc.). Ratings are not always an indication of quality!

      • will

        I agree with everything that’s been said. I hope that Ben means that they need to get there Thursday rating up, because it’s full of the best comedies on tv right now. It’s my go to station for thursday nights…i just wish it was everyone elses

  • barack

    OMG, I LOVE watching the idiots! More please!

  • Kevin

    Great start for the Miami Heat in Game One. Keep it up James, Wade and Bosh.

  • Adam

    YAY for NBC last night! I really enjoyed both AGT and The Voice. However, I wasn’t surprised that AGT returned to strong ratings given that last year’s finale ended with almost 17 million viewers. And Jackie Evancho’s Christmas CD (which I bought from iTunes) went platinum!

    • Rita

      Another “male” saying “Yay”?
      This thread is full of fruit loops.

      • toxic

        And what colour are you.

  • Boiler

    Ignore reality and get outside for summer

  • Mika

    THAT is because NOTHING ELSE IS ON

  • Sylvia

    Nick Cannon is hilarious, the judges have great chemistry and the talent is mind-blowing. Looks like a great combination to me. Gives The Voice an audience already in place and that’s an intriguing mix of mentorship and showmanship too. Great stuff . . .

  • nome

    I’m happy that The Voice rebounded in the ratings in a huge way following 3 weeks of slightly declining ratings because of being at 10 PM. America’s Got Talent really helped The Voice get its groove back. Hopefully The Voice can continue its renewed momentum next week when it goes live.

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