12.4 million watched America’s Got Talent

NBC’s summertime talent search series debuted strongly on Wednesday. It was watched by an average of 12.4 million viewers, which “marked NBC’s strongest Nielsen performance in the Wednesday 9-11 p.m. time slot since April 2005, excluding the network’s Winter Olympics coverage this year,” according to the AP.

The AP notes that it had a better series debut than American Idol did four summers ago, as it was watched by about 9.6 million people.

Among viewers 18 to 49, ratings “[were] 84 percent higher than the NBC average for the same time period last summer, and 44 percent above its tally for that slot all last season.”

‘America’s Got Talent’ in strong start for NBC [Reuters]

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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