“AGT” is one of those rare shows that builds throughout the night; while it averaged a 2.4 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and 11.3 million total viewers, it began the night with a 2.1 demo and 10.18 million total viewers from 8 to 8:30 p.m., and ended it with a 2.6 and 12.21 million viewers from 9:30 to 10 p.m. The strong performance gave “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” a good enough lead-in to pump the survival series’ numbers to 5.31 million total viewers and a 1.5 demo rating.
ABC took second with the season premiere of “Bachelor in Paradise” and a new “Mistresses.” The two hours’ worth of nubile “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” cast-offs weighed in with a 1.4 demo rating and 4.6 million total viewers, up from its Sunday premiere last year (1.1 demo, 3.58 million total). “Mistresses” delivered a 0.6 demo rating and 2.47 million viewers.
CBS’ “Zoo” bounced back a bit from last week with a 0.8 demo rating and 4.45 million total viewers.
Fox put on two episodes of summer fizzle “Coupled,” the first of which averaged a 0.5 demo rating and 1.22 million viewers, and the second of which came in with 1.1 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo.
That demo rating was enough to tie The CW, but The CW drew more total viewers in head-to-head competition in the early ratings. Two new “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” episodes came in with a 0.5 demo and roughly 1.6 million total viewers each at 8 and 8:30 p.m, and the network’s “MADtv” reboot drew 1.15 million total viewers at 9 p.m.
A caveat, though: The CW’s lineup was pre-empted in New York, the nation’s largest TV market, for a Mets-Yankees match-up in which the Mets flattened the Yanks at Citi Field 7-1, meaning the CW’s numbers may adjust down once final ratings that don’t include the Subway Series come in.