8:59am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Talent' Finale Jumps From 2015, 'Blindspot' Arrives on Wednesday
America's Got Talent wrapped its resurgent season on another dominant note, climbing more than 20 percent from last year's finale.
NBC's two-hour live results averaged a 2.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 14.1 million viewers, capping off the highest-rated season since 2013 — and the most watched since 2011. Live-plus-seven-day returns have the overall showing in the key demo up 7 percent from last summer, a pretty remarkable feat in the current climate of waning live tune-ins.
The lead helped introduce Blindspot to its new night. Before shifting to 8 p.m. next week, where it will open the night, last year's top broadcast debut started its second season with a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49. That's admittedly down from the lofty post-Voice premiere a year ago but better than its last showings on Monday.
Fox's MasterChef finale rose to a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49, up two-tenths of a point from the penultimate episode. And, on CBS, Big Brother held steady with a 1.7 rating in the key demo.