8:32am PT by Rick Porter
TV Ratings: 'America's Got Talent' Finale Shrinks, 'I Feel Bad' Is Just OK
America's Got Talent finished its season as the top summer show once again, but ratings for the finale were down considerably from a year ago.
Wednesday's finale averaged a 2.0 rating among adults 18-49 and 12.59 million viewers — declines of 33 percent in the demo (vs. last year's 3.0) and 19.5 percent in viewers (vs. 15.64 million). The finale also fell from Tuesday's last performance episode (2.3, 12.99 million).
Following the AGT finale, the debut of new comedy I Feel Bad put up OK numbers, averaging 1.0 for the hour (1.2 for the first episode, 0.8 for the second). NBC premiered season two of The Good Place in the same spot last year to a 1.3, with a considerably larger lead-in.
Big Brother was off slightly week to week with a 1.4 on CBS. The finale of the just-renewed Masterchef posted a 1.0, off a tenth of a point compared with last week. Burden of Truth managed just a 0.1 on The CW.
NBC easily led the network rankings with a 1.7 among adults 18-49 for the night, 0.7 ahead of Fox's 1.0. CBS came in third at 0.8, followed by ABC at 0.6 with a night of repeats and The CW at 0.1.
The Tonight Show led the 18-49 demo at 11:35 p.m. with a 0.6 rating in metered markets. Jimmy Kimmel Live (0.4) beat out The Late Show (0.3) for second. At 12:35 a.m., Late Night scored a 0.3, while The Late Late Show and Nightline each averaged 0.2.