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.”

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