8:28am PT by Rick Porter
TV Ratings: 'America's Got Talent' Hits Finale Low
The season finale of America's Got Talent scored its best Wednesday ratings of the season — but also the lowest-rated finale in the show's 14-year history. The finale of Masterchef on Fox also came in a good bit behind last season.
America's Got Talent easily topped the primetime rankings with a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 10.08 million viewers, both the best marks for the show's Wednesday edition this summer. The finale was down, however, by 29 percent vs. last year in adults 18-49 (from 2.1) and 22 percent in viewers (from 12.88 million). To date this season, the Wednesday show grew by 90 percent in adults 18-49 and by 54 percent in viewers with a week of delayed viewing.
Following the AGT finale, a primetime special showcasing NBC's new late night series A Little Late With Lilly Singh drew a 0.5 in the 18-49 demo and 2.52 million viewers. That's a good deal larger than the on-air numbers for Singh's first couple of shows in the late-late night spot of 1:35 a.m.
The finale of Masterchef scored a 0.8 in adults 18-49 and 3.13 million viewers, on par with its season average but down from 1.1 in the 18-49 demo and 3.56 million viewers a year ago (declines of 27 percent and 12 percent).
CBS' Big Brother (1.0 in adults 18-49, 4.3 million viewers) slipped a bit compared with a week ago. On The CW, Hypnotize Me was even with last week's 0.1.
NBC averaged a 1.1 in adults 18-49 for the night, beating Fox's 0.8. CBS finished third at 0.6, edging Univision's 0.5. ABC and Telemundo tied at 0.4, and The CW trailed with a 0.1.
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