According to the Fast National ratings released on Wednesday, Tuesday night’s Game 3 NBA Finals’ broadcast on ABC was the top draw of the night, attracting 12.8 million viewers, but only for the 10 p.m. time slot.
NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” topped Game 3 during the 9 p.m. hour with 11.3 million viewers, while the basketball game pulled in 11.1 million.
“America’s Got Talent” ratings improved over its season premiere last week.
NBC’s “The Voice” was the ratings winner for the 8 p.m. time slot, attracting 10.8 million viewers.
In the coveted 18-to-49 demographic, “The Voice” (2.7) and the NBA Finals (4.4 in 9 p.m. hour and 5.3 in 10 p.m. slot) were the night’s winners.
In the big picture, NBC won the night with an average of 11 millions viewers, while ABC came in second with an average of 10 million. CBS finished third with 6.5 million viewers, while Fox (4.25 million) and The CW (694,000) came in fourth and fifth.
“America’s Got Talent” Recap
Tuesday night’s “America’s Got Talent” auditions episode had a little something for everybody, including the awesome, the awful and the “awwww.”
When Travis Pratt took the stage, this viewer was bracing for a soulful rendition of an R&B song, but what came out of the contestant’s mouth instead was an operatic performance that wowed judges and viewers alike.
That was one of the night’s awesome moments. In fact, Pratt was also the source of one of the night’s “awwww” moments when he proposed to his girlfriend onstage after his Vegas-worthy audition.
Of course, she said, “yes,” although the whole scene seemed rehearsed and staged.
Other highlights from the night included Alexanderia the Great, the 51-year-old female escape artist, Paul Thomas Mitchell, the John Mayer sound alike, and Sam Johnson, the daredevil who did a handstand atop an 80-foot pole.
Let’s not forget the dancing kids, who are essentially spinoffs of Season 7’s The Untouchables child dancing group, which was a spinoff of Season 6’s Miami All-Stars.
D’Angelo, 12, and Amanda, 13, impressed the judges with a mature-beyond-their-years dance routine that easily put them through to the Vegas round.
D’Angelo’s 9-year-old sister, Ruby, took the stage before her brother and, along with her partner Jonas, also advanced to Vegas.
Viewers might remember all four dancers from Season 7’s The Untouchables.
Which brings us to Jonathan Allen, who impressed all in attendance with the night’s second operatic performance. Allen’s background story tugged at the heartstrings as the 18-year-old claimed his parent kicked him out of their home because he is gay.
One thing this viewer has learned over the years about reality TV is, in the words of Mr. Miyagi, not everything is as seems.
“America’s Got Talent” has proven it’s less-than-willing to come clean about its contestants’ levels of professionalism and accomplishment, and this season is shaping up to be no different.
More about that in upcoming articles.
Based on the perfect camera angles and over acting by members of the studio audiences in last night’s episode, the looks of surprise and incredulity were a little hard to believe.
So, too, was Pratt’s “surprise” marriage proposal, which judge Howie Mandel just happened to help along by “spontaneously” inviting the contestant’s girlfriend onstage at the right moment.
In spite of its shortcomings, “AGT” is like a breath of fresh air on the typically barren summer TV landscape.
What makes the show most appealing is its judges and its host.
Host Nick Cannon’s personable style and willingness to play along are indeed part of what makes the show so appealing.
Mandel’s zaniness and willingness to irk co-judge Howard Stern are both funny and entertaining – in most instances, moreso than what takes place onstage.
New judges Heidi Klum and Mel B, while not overly impressive to this point, have done nothing to take away from the show.
Overall, the judging panel and host dynamics are fun and definitely worth watching.
“America’s Got Talent” will air next Tuesday, June 18, at 7 p.m. on KSL 5 in Provo.