NBC got a shot in the ratings arm from Tuesday night’s two-hour season premiere of “America’s Got Talent” and a new installment of the network’s breakout singing competition “The Voice,” TVbytheNumbers.com reported.
“Talent” had its most-watched season premiere ever with 15 million viewers, averaging a 4.2 rating in adults 18-49, an improvement of 17% from the summer premiere. “The Voice” scored its most-watched episode yet with 14.4 million viewers, and its 4.9 average rating in 18-49 was up a hefty 29% from last week.
The strong numbers came against competition on ABC in the form of Game 1 of the NBA Finals, which averaged 11.8 million viewers and a 5.5 rating in 18-49 for its prime-time portion. The game between the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat was the highest-rated NBA Finals opener since 2004.
Due to the nature of live sports programming, numbers for ABC are expected to be adjusted, with ABC likely to end up winning the night overall.
CBS, Fox and CW effectively took the night off, airing almost entirely repeats.