America’s Got Talent finale was NBC’s biggest Tuesday audience since 2005; 2.5 million watch On the Lot end

And here it is: On the Lot’s final rating of the season. Its final episode was watched by 2.5 million viewers.

Considering the show had been averaging 2.3 million viewers every week, that means about 200,000 more people than usual bothered to tune in. Variety calls that “a slight bump,” but notes “it remained well behind the other major broadcasters in the 8 o’clock hour.”

The FOX reality show did manage to beat a cable news show in the ratings, which of course isn’t saying much. CNN’s documentary God’s Warriors drew 2.08 million viewers, although just 540,000 of those were ages 25 to 54, TVNewser reports. In other words, old people (or maybe teenagers and college students?) were the bulk of the audience.

The real story of Tuesday night, though, was America’s Got Talent 2, which drew 13.9 million viewers for its two-hour finale. Among viewers ages 18 to 49, it was “up 17% … over last year’s first-season finale (3.5/10),” Variety reports. More significantly, it had “the largest audience for any broadcast program since May 29 (season finale of Fox’s ‘House’) and the biggest in the time period for NBC (excluding the Olympics) since November 2005.”

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