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TV Ratings: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 12 Finale Hits Seven-Year High in Total Viewers

“America’s Got Talent” closed out a powerful Season 12 with multiple highs in both key ratings measurres, according to Nielsen data.

Airing from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. on NBC, the season finale averaged a 2.9 rating in adults 18-49 and 15.4 million total viewers. That makes it the show’s top finale in six years in adults 18-49 and in seven years in total viewers. In addition, it was up over 30% in both measures from last week’s episode on Wednesday.

After “AGT,” the Season 2 premiere of “The Good Place” averaged a 1.4 and 5.8 million viewers, airing from 10-11. That is a significant decrease from the Season 1 premiere (2.3, 8 million on Sept. 19, 2016) but an increase of 27% in the key demo and 47% in total viewers from the Season 1 finale (1.1, 3.9 million on Jan. 19, 2017).

On CBS, the Season 19 finale of “Big Brother” (2.2, 6.7 million) was up 19% in the key demo compared to last week and approximately 4% in total viewers. It also delivered its largest total viewership of the season. After “Big Brother,” the season finale of “Salvation” (0.6, 3.2 million) was up in the demo from last week but down in total viewers.

For Fox, the episode of “MasterChef” at 8 (1.0, 3.7 million) was down in the demo compared to the episode in the same time slot last week. The season finale at 10 (1.2, 4.2 million) improved slightly in both measures from its lead-in.

ABC and The CW aired only repeats.

NBC won the night with a 2.4 and 12.2 million viewers. CBS was second with a 1.6 and 5.5 million viewers. Fox was third with a 1.1 and 3.9 million viewers. ABC was fourth with a 0.6 and 2.5 million viewers. The CW averaged a 0.2 and 778,000 viewers.

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