America’s Got Talent may have found a sweet spot. Premiering with Season 9 just a handful of days after fellow music competition show American Idol wrapped its latest edition, AGT took a ratings win on Tuesday night.
The Nick Cannon-hosted show was the top show for total viewership and also among that coveted demographic of 18- to 49-year-olds, reports the Los Angeles Times with early data from Nielsen. The premiere, which ran from 8 to 10 p.m. on May 27, averaged 11.9 million viewers, making it the best AGT premiere in three years, according to TV by the Numbers.
Good news that might be, but there was one small dip. In that key 18-to-49 demo, this season’s debut was down a tenth of a point. The change may be because The Voice helped lead into AGT on NBC in 2013, which could have kept younger viewers tuned in.
Even with the small drop, the numbers are stellar when compared to the poor returns Idol got for most of its season. From the January opener to its mid-May finale, the Fox staple struggled to hold viewers and despite its renewal for a fourteenth season, the show will likely return in a much smaller capacity.
Will AGT meet the same fate? We’ve got the whole summer to see!
America’s Got Talent Season 9 auditions air Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.