Howie Mandel had to make an on-air apology last night for some ill-considered remarks about the entertainment value of bulimia but that didn’t seem to affect America’s Got Talent (2.1/8) very much. With Mandel’s regret, which he repeated online, and another round of live performances on Tuesday, AGT dipped 9% among adults 18-49 from its August 18 show. The highest rated and most watched (10.20 million) show of the night, AGT could see adjustments in later numbers, as it has many weeks.
I am NOT perfect. I make mistakes. I sincerely apologize to everyone who was offended.
— Howie Mandel (@howiemandel) August 26, 2015
Even with a 15% demo drop for Hollywood Game Night (1.1/4), NBC easily won Tuesday’s primetime with a 1.8/6 rating and an audience of 8.30 million. In second place, in both the demo and viewership was CBS with a 1.0/3 and 6.77 million watching. CBS’ only original of the night was Zoo (1.1/4), which was bookend by NCIS (1.0/4) and NCIS: New Orleans (0.8/3) repeats that were the second and fourth most watched shows of the night. As for Zoo itself, the animal attack drama rose 10% from last week among the 18-49s.
ABC and Fox both had one original on last night with Extreme Weight Loss (0.6/2) and Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? (0.5/2). The latter lost 14% of the demo from its August 18 show, matching a series low in preliminary numbers. The former was down 16% from last week.
The CW was all encores on Tuesday.