UPDATE with final L+SD numbers: The season finale of NBC’s America’s Got Talent upticked to a 2.8/10 in the demo and 14.4 million viewers overall from 8-10 PM ET — up 33% versus its year-ago finale in the demo and 49% in overall audience versus last year when its competition included Donald Trump’s second GOP debate.
With final stats, AGT remains the top-rated finale in the demo in five years and climbs to best in six in overall crowd. The finale grew 40%, week to week, in the demo and 36% in total tally.
The 10 PM Bindspot Season 2 starter that followed moved up to a 1.5/6 in the demo and 7.1M viewers, growing 21% compared to last May’s season wrapper in total viewers and 15% compared to that May finale in the demo.
Previous, 9 AM: Minus debating Donald Trump competition, NBC’s live America’s Got Talent season finale jumped 29% compared to a year ago (2.7 rating in adults 18-49 versus 2.1).
Last year AGT’s season wrapper, and broadcast primetime in general, was whacked when CNN telecast the second GOP debate on the night, bringing record ratings to the cable news network and ratings dips to broadcasters.
On Wednesday, he finale of the first AGT cycle with co-creator Simon Cowell as judge clocked its top finale numbers in five years, since September 14, 2011’s 3.6. The season finale averaged 14.1 million viewers overall from 8-10 PM ET to dominate primetime in the demo, total viewers and other key measures. The competition series grew 35% week to week in the demo and 33% in total viewers.
Bolstered by its AGT lead-in, Blindspot jumped 23% compared to its season finale in the demo (1.6 vs 1.3 on May 23), and 24% in total viewers (7.3 million vs 5.9M). Behind the 3.1 demo rating of last September’s much anticipated Blindspot unveiling, the NBC drama bagged its most watched episode since November 16.
One night earlier, AGT drew its largest audience in five years with its performance finale. Part 1 of the NBC talent competition averaged 13.7 million viewers and a 2.7 among adults 18-49 in the fast nationals. Those numbers were up from previous Tuesday (2.5, 12 million) as well as up from the same night last year by 13% in the demo and by 20% in total viewers. The performance finale also matches its season high in 18-49 and hit a five-year high in total viewers (best since Sept. 14, 2011, 14.4 million). The summer staple already has been renewed for next year with all four judges set to return.
Meanwhile, over on Fox, MasterChef ‘s season wrapper (1.4, 4.3M) logged a season high, though the cooking competition came in slightly shy of last season’s finale.