NBC’s ‘Talent’ tops

Springer, Osbourne spice up show

Established reality shows continue to perform well in their returns this summer as NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” opened its second season with winning results Tuesday night.

News is especially welcome for the Peacock, whose primetime circulation has been very low the past few weeks, making even the season premiere of a successful show a not-so-sure thing.

“Talent” — from FremantleMedia North America and Syco TV (Simon Cowell’s company) — spiced things up by adding a new host (Jerry Springer) and a new judge (Sharon Osbourne).

And auds checked them out from 9 to 11 p.m., with “Talent” averaging a 4.3 rating/12 share in adults 18-49 and 12.99 million viewers overall — net’s best showing in the time period in five months. It was easily the night’s top show, building nicely on its lead-in from a special “Deal or No Deal” (2.7/9, 10.11m).

Numbers rep the second best demo score to date for “Talent” (behind only its series bow last summer) and its largest overall audience.

The 4.3 demo rating ties with that for Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” last Thursday as the best result for any program on any net since the broadcast season ended May 23. No NBC program had topped a 2.7 rating in the past two weeks.

“Talent” will air another two-hour audition episode next week (this time from 8 to 10 p.m.) before settling into its regular 8-9 p.m. timeslot, where it will be joined on the sked by “Last Comic Standing” at 9.

Fox’s “On the Lot,” meanwhile, was on the decline Tuesday.

After showing an uptick in its first airing a week earlier, the search to find the next Hollywood helmer slid to a 1.4/5 in 18-49 and 3.25 million viewers overall from 8 to 9, finishing behind repeats on CBS and ABC and delivering roughly half the demo score as NBC’s timeslot-winning episode of “Deal or No Deal.”

NBC won Tuesday in 18-49, ending Fox’s 21-week Tuesday streak.

Elsewhere, the season finale of FX’s “The Shield” settled for a 1.1/3 in 18-49 and 2.06 million viewers overall, while ABC’s “ALMA Awards” (1.4/4, 3.50m) were down a bit year to year.

Beating out “The Shield” in the 10 o’clock hour was A&E’s one-hour, third-season preem of “Criss Angel Mindfreak” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 2.71m), which stood as cable’s No. 1 program in the 18-49 demo for its timeslot. Show was up across the board vs. its second-season bow.

And the third-season preem of Bravo’s “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List” set series records Tuesday, rising 77% above its season-two bow in adults 18-49 (713,000 vs. 402,000) and 53% in total viewers (1.02 million vs. 670,000). Comedian has no doubt boosted her profile by appearing as a guest co-host several times of late on ABC’s “The View.”

Preceding the preem of her reality show, a Griffin standup spec (“Everybody Can Suck It”) drew 872,000 viewers overall.

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