There were a lot of championship level sports on cable last night in primetime and a lot of unscripted on the Big 4. After Tuesday’s 7-3 ice battle, the New York Rangers have forced the Tampa Bay Lightning to a NHL Eastern Conference Game 7 to decide who competes for the Stanley Cup. At least LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers know their next step. NBA Playoffs basketball on TNT on Tuesday saw the Cavs grab a spot in the Finals with a 118-88 win over the Atlanta Hawks and a 4 Game sweep of the Eastern Conference.
While NBC took the top spot among adults 18-49 with a 2.3/8 rating and was No. #1 in viewers with 9.45 million watching, there were no winners last night on the Season 10 debut of America’s Got Talent (2.6/9), which had its lowest ever season premiere among the key demo. There were, however, certainly a lot of contenders at the Los Angeles and NYC auditions with buff shirtless gymnasts, a hypnotist who seemed to cure Howie Mandel of his germ issues and everyone, including the judges, going crazy for the mind bending moves of the Siro-A dance group, among the hopefuls. Still, even with a big pile-on hug for Nick Cannon from Mandel, Mel B, Howard Stern and Heidi Klum attempting to set the tone, the 2-hour AGT took a 13% tumble on the sports heavy night from the Season 9 debut of May 27, 2014, which was its previous premiere low. With a possible adjustment in the cards in later numbers for a show that has dominated previous summers, AGT was followed last night by the premiere of I Can Do That (1.8/6) The new show was up 13% from the premiere of The Night Shift in the same slot last year and way way up to the tune of 80% from the July 22, 2014 opener of Food Fighters.
CBS was all encores last night while the only original on The CW was iZombie (0.6/2), which was even with last week after The Flash season finale. Those numbers may change however as The CW was preempted in NYC due to the NHL game.
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Like NBC, ABC was all unscripted last night with 500 Questions (1.1/4) and the Season 5 premiere of Extreme Weight Loss (0.9/2). The freshman game show was even with Monday’s telecast while the competition series shed a hefty 31% among the demo from its Season 4 debut back on May 27 last year.
There were questions to be asked over on Fox last night too in the 8 PM slot with the return of Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? (0.8/3). While falling 38% from its first season debut on Fox back on September 20, 2008, the revived quiz show was up 14% from I Wanna Marry Harry on May 20 last year. With 5th Grader as a lead-in Hell’s Kitchen (1.1.3) was down 15% from last week.
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