Ratings: America’s Got Talent Gets Its Strongest Debut; NBA Finals Score Well Too
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Showing that America loves aspiring amateurs even in summer, America's Got Talent Season 6 premiere got an average of 14.97 million people tuning in — its most-watched debut ever.
The two-hour talent competition (starting at 8/7c) also posted a 4.2 rating in the 18-to-49 demographic — a 17 percent rise over the previous season's opener. Total viewership was up 21 percent.
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The first game of the National Basketball Association finals between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks drew an average of 12.94 million fans between 9 and 11 EDT and a 5.5 demo rating — a 22 percent increase compared with last year's Game 1 between the league's pre-eminent rivals, the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures.
ABC noted that Tuesday night's game notched the highest Game 1 overnight ratings since 2004, when the Detroit Pistons took on the Lakers.
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The Voice, which followed Talent, came back strong after facing last week's finale of Dancing with the Stars. The show attracted 14.38 million people (vs. 8.55 million a week ago), posting a 4.9 demo rating, while the game scored a 5.9 in the final hour of prime time. It was The Voice's best-rated outing in four weeks.
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With last week's end of the 2010-11 network TV season, reruns are getting into full swing, so the only first-run episode was Fox's Traffic Light, which bombed after its midseason start and was canceled — it stopped just 2.24 million to watch.
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NBC handily won the night in total viewers with 14.77 million viewers, and just lost to ABC (10.77 million) in the demo rating, 4.5 to 4.4.