'Talent' finale results in NBC domination

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NEW YORK -- The "America's Got Talent" finale swept NBC to victory in primetime Wednesday.

The two-hour telecast was by far the top show of the night on broadcast TV, according to preliminary estimates released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research. "Talent" averaged 13.9 million viewers and a 4.1 rating/12 share in adults 18-49, Nielsen said. It topped off at 9:30 p.m. with 15.5 million viewers and a 4.7/12 when ventriloquist Terry Fator won the competition.

The competition on the other networks just didn't measure up against "Talent." ABC's "Just for Laughs" (7.2 million, 2.3/7) did the best in the hour ahead of CBS' "Power of 10" (6.1 million, 1.9/6) and of course Fox's "On the Lot" (2.5 million, 1.2/4).

CBS made something of a recovery at 9 p.m. with "Big Brother" (7.3 million, 3.1/8), which came in a distant second in the hour against the final half of "Talent." Not so lucky was "I-Caught" (5 million, 2.0/5), which swapped time periods with "Primetime: Crime" (6.4 million, 2.4/7) to the detriment of "I-Caught."

Winning 10 p.m. was NBC's "Singing Bee" (9.1 million, 3.3/9), making it a clean sweep for the peacock.

Tuesday averages: NBC (12.3 million, 3.9/11); CBS (6.6 million, 2.2/6); ABC (6.2 million, 2.2/6); Fox (4 million, 1.6/5); and the CW (1.2 million, 0.5/1).
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