Clearly, there is something rather great to be said about not having to run against a whole lot of competition. Other than maybe “Pretty Little Liars” on Freeform and “Zoo” over on CBS, “America’s Got Talent” was able to run the majority of the night Tuesday with a clear path to victory … and it just so happened to score a huge one.
Overall, last night’s episode, which featured host Nick Cannon pressing the golden buzzer for none other than 90-year old burlesque dancer Dorothy Williams drew a season-high 2.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic. One thing that is really remarkable about “AGT” is that while the majority of reality competition shows, especially ones with a singing component, are declining in the ratings, it remains an institution. So far, this season is up over 5% in the demo in comparison to season 10 last year. In comparison, season 10 was just about even, if not slightly stronger, than season 9.
Above all else, we cite the show’s success to having a diversity of interesting talent, coupled of course with the fact that NBC has not run it into the ground with multiple seasons a year.
Elsewhere on primetime last night, it really was a run of consistency, given that the likes of “Zoo” (0.8) and “Uncle Buck” (1.0) stayed about even with where they were the prior weeks. This is a pretty good sign for their future, at least if these ratings are enough to meet some of the expectations that are out there. Probably the worst news was “Containment” falling to a 0.2 rating, but at the same time, it’s already been canceled.