America’s Got Talent is summer’s most-watched show again as scripted shows have more viewers than Wipeout, SYTYCD

The return of America’s Got Talent has given NBC summer’s top-rated series, a familiar place for the show and an unfamiliar place for NBC, which has been in the ratings toilet for some time now.

Last week, the debut was the most-watched show, with Wipeout coming in 10th place and So You Think You Can Dance just behind and tied for 11th among all shows that aired that week. One year ago, reality shows fared better: Wipeout was in second place and SYTYCD was in sixth.

But the talent show remains on top, and ratings even improved this week, as on Tuesday it “became the most-watched show of the summer, surpassing last week’s two-hour premiere,” according to Media Life, which notes that 12.9 million people watched on Tuesday, up from the 11.3 million who watched the premiere. In the demos, the series “was up 16 percent week to week among adults 18-49,” the site reports.

There is still a fight for the kids, though. On Wednesday night, America’s Got Talent 4 won with the most viewers at 9 p.m., 11.298 million, but it had fewer younger viewers than So You Think You Can Dance, the second-most popular show of the night, which TV By the Numbers says “put Fox in the winner’s circle for the night with a 3.0 rating in the adults 18-49 demo.”

Strong return for ‘America’s Got Talent’ [Media Life]
Nielsen ratings for June 22-28 [USA TODAY]
Wednesday Ratings: Think You Can Dance? Beats Talent In Summer Reality Showdown [TV By the Numbers]

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