America’s Got Talent beats So You Think You Can Dance in total viewers, but loses among 18-49s

The summer’s two biggest reality shows both came away winners from their final week. NBC’s America’s Got Talent drew the largest number of viewers, but So You Think You Can Dance.

FOX’s show “dominated ‘America’s Got Talent’ in adults 18-49 all summer,” according to Media Life Magazine. However, the finale of NBC’s Regis Philbin-hosted talent show was watched by 11.8 million. That’s compared to 10.65 million who watched the final dance-off last Wednesday; the same night, the talent show’s penultimate episode was watched by 11.63 million people.

Still, So You Think You Can Dance had a 4.3 rating among viewers 18 to 49, which is “the summer’s highest-rated finale in 18-49s,” according to Media Life. By comparison, NBC’s series finale had a 3.5 rating, although that was “its best Thursday showing of the season” that “bettered its usual Thursday average of 2.5 by 40 percent and was up 30 percent over last week.”

Sweetest swan song for NBC’s ‘Talent’ [Media Life Magazine]

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