We understand that the Olympics — coupled with the desire for ABC to launch “The Bachelorette” after “Dancing with the Stars” — led to some summer shows starting a bit earlier than usual. While this decision may make some more sense weeks down the road, for right now it seems as though two new series Monday night suffered under the weight of the competition.
“America’s Got Talent“ – Thanks in part to it airing against the season finale of “How I Met Your Mother” (which was up to a 3.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic), the “Dancing” performance show (2.4), the “Two and a Half Men” finale (#1 on the night with a 3.8), the penultimate episode of “House” (2.2), and the season finale of “Bones” (1.9), Howard Stern’s debut as a judge was down seven tenths from last year’s premiere when Piers Morgan was a part of the panel. It should be noted that the show last year started up in a less competitive month in June, and “AGT” will probably fare better in the weeks ahead.
“The Bachelorette” – Overall, the premiere of Emily Maynard’s season was down a modest 0.25 from last year’s edition of the show featuring Ashley Hebert, and like with “AGT,” ABC in this case is probably happy with the show scoring a 2.6 for its first half-hour and a 2.5 for the rest of the show. After all, these numbers are better than what Ben Flajnik was posting most of his season earlier this year — and he was not up against finales (such as “Hawaii Five-0,” which scored an impressive 2.7 rating and over 11 million viewers).
In other ratings news, “Gossip Girl” (0.6), “Hart of Dixie” (0.6), and “Smash” (1.8) all ended their seasons with solid but not spectacular numbers — but the good news is that they will all be back for next season.
What do you think about these premiere numbers?