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Simon Cowell returned to U.S. television on Tuesday night. And while his addition to the America’s Got Talent judging panel didn’t goose the NBC summer keystone’s premiere haul, the fact that it held steady with the 2015 debut is a feat on its own these days.
The two-hour America’s Got Talent premiere averaged a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 11.5 million viewers, easily making it the top program of the night by both measures. It also offered a solid lead-in to variety show Maya & Marty, which opened to a respectable (if not altogether exciting) 1.5 rating in the key demo and 6.4 million viewers.
Both NBC series boasted a considerable margin of victory over the closest broadcast competition, the nearest being an improved Person of Interest on CBS. That show averaged a 1.0 rating in the key demo.
The rest of the night was almost exclusively reality fare, with new episodes of ABC’s 500 Questions fetching 0.8 and 0.9 ratings among adults 18-49 and Fox’s Hotel Hell bringing in a 0.8 rating in the key demo.
Coupled pulled a 0.5 rating with adults 18-49 and the now-cancelled Containment brought a 0.4 rating for The CW.
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