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[06/22/06 - 12:00 AM]
America's Got Talent' Debut Is #1 in 18-49 and Total Viewers, with NBC's Highest Non-Olympic Ratings in the Time Period in 14 Months

[via press release from NBC]

'AMERICA'S GOT TALENT' DEBUT IS #1 IN 18-49 AND TOTAL VIEWERS, WITH NBC'S HIGHEST NON-OLYMPIC RATINGS IN THE TIME PERIOD IN 14 MONTHS

IT'S THE #2 NON-SPORTS TELECAST ON ANY NETWORK SINCE THE MAY SWEEP IN 18-49, BEHIND ONLY THE JUNE 5 'DEAL OR NO DEAL' SEASON FINALE

'AMERICA'S GOT TALENT' IS UP 84 PERCENT IN 18-49 VERSUS NBC'S SLOT AVERAGE LAST SUMMER

BURBANK, Calif. -- June 22, 2006 -- Last night's debut of "America's Got Talent" delivered NBC's highest non-Olympic adult 18-49 rating and total viewership in the time period in 14 months, according to preliminary "fast affiliate-based" "live plus same day" viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research. Paced by "America's Got Talent," NBC won Wednesday night in adults 18-49 and in total viewers.

From 9-11 p.m. ET, the premiere of "America's Got Talent" (4.6 rating, 14 share in adults 18-49, 12.1 million viewers overall) scored NBC's top results in the slot since April 20, 2005, winning its two-hour time period in adults 18-49 and total viewers versus competition that included Fox's original series "So You Think You Can Dance."

"America's Got Talent" was up 84 percent in 18-49 rating versus NBC's average in the time period last summer (4.6 vs. 2.5) and up 44 percent versus NBC's average in the time period during the recently concluded 2005-06 regular season (4.6 vs. 3.2). This marks the highest 18-49 rating for any non-sports telecast on any network since the June 5 season finale of "Deal or No Deal" and second-highest since the May sweep ended on May 24.

At 8 p.m. ET last night, an encore "Dateline NBC" (2.2/7 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall is currently tied for #2 in the time period in 18-49 with CBS' first-run "Big Brother" special.

In adults 18-49, this marks NBC's second Wednesday win in the last four weeks. In total viewers, it's NBC's first Wednesday win since Dec. 21. Preliminary 18-49 averages for Wednesday night are: NBC, a 3.8 rating, 12 share; Fox, 3.5/11; CBS 2.3/7; ABC, 1.3/4; WB, 0.6/2; UPN, 0.3/1. In overall total viewers, June 21 preliminary results are: NBC, 10.2 million; Fox, 8.9 million; CBS, 7.8 million; ABC, 3.6 million; WB, 1.7 million; UPN, 0.7 million.

In local-market late-night results last night, "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (4.9 rating, 12 share in metered-market households) defeated CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman" (3.4/8), and ABC's "Nightline" (2.7/6) and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (1.4/4). Jay has finished #1 versus regular late-night competition on 185 of 188 nights so far this broadcast year in the metered markets (including ties).

At 12:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (2.4/8) beat CBS' "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.6/6) and the second half of Kimmell. Conan has finished #1 versus regular competition on 185 of 188 nights so far this broadcast year in the metered markets (including ties).

Note that all national ratings are "live plus same day" unless otherwise indicated. Metered-market household ratings are live only.

[EDITOR'S NOTE: What follows is the afternoon update with the final national Nielsen ratings.]

UPDATE: 'AMERICA'S GOT TALENT' DEBUT IS #1 IN 18-49 AND TOTAL VIEWERS, WITH NBC'S HIGHEST NON-OLYMPIC RATINGS IN THE TIME PERIOD IN 14 MONTHS

UPDATE: 'AMERICA'S GOT TALENT' DEBUT IS #1 IN 18-49 AND TOTAL VIEWERS, WITH NBC'S HIGHEST NON-OLYMPIC RATINGS IN THE TIME PERIOD IN 14 MONTHS

IT'S THE #2 NON-SPORTS TELECAST ON ANY NETWORK SINCE THE MAY SWEEP IN 18-49, BEHIND ONLY THE JUNE 5 'DEAL OR NO DEAL' SEASON FINALE

'AMERICA'S GOT TALENT' IS UP 84 PERCENT IN 18-49 VERSUS NBC'S SLOT AVERAGE LAST SUMMER

BURBANK, Calif. - June 22, 2006 - Last night's debut of "America's Got Talent" delivered NBC's highest non-Olympic adult 18-49 rating and total viewership in the time period in 14 months, according to updated "live plus same day" viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research. Paced by "America's Got Talent," NBC won Wednesday night in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and total viewers.

From 9-11 p.m. ET, the premiere of "America's Got Talent" (4.6 rating, 14 share in adults 18-49, 12.4 million viewers overall) scored NBC's top non-Olympic results in the slot since April 20, 2005, winning its two-hour time period in adults 18-49 and total viewers versus competition that included Fox's original series "So You Think You Can Dance."

"America's Got Talent" was up 84 percent in 18-49 rating versus NBC's average in the time period last summer (4.6 vs. 2.5) and up 44 percent versus NBC's average in the time period during the recently concluded 2005-06 regular season (4.6 vs. 3.2). This marks the highest 18-49 rating for any non-sports telecast on any network since the June 5 season finale of "Deal or No Deal" and second-highest since the May sweep ended on May 24.

At 8 p.m. ET last night, an encore "Dateline NBC" (2.2/7 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall) tied for #2 in the time period in 18-49 with CBS' first-run "Big Brother" special.

In adults 18-49, this marks NBC's second Wednesday win in the last four weeks. In total viewers, it's NBC's first Wednesday win since Dec. 21. Updated 18-49 averages for Wednesday night are: NBC, a 3.8 rating, 12 share; Fox, 3.6/11; CBS 2.3/7; ABC, 1.3/4; WB, 0.6/2; UPN, 0.3/1. In overall total viewers, June 21 updated results are: NBC, 10.4 million; Fox, 9.1 million; CBS, 7.7 million; ABC, 3.5 million; WB, 1.7 million; UPN, 0.7 million.

In local-market late-night results last night, "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (4.9 rating, 12 share in metered-market households) defeated CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman" (3.4/8), and ABC's "Nightline" (2.7/6) and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (1.4/4). Jay has finished #1 versus regular late-night competition on 185 of 188 nights so far this broadcast year in the metered markets (including ties).

At 12:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (2.4/8) beat CBS' "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.6/6) and the second half of Kimmel. Conan has finished #1 versus regular competition on 185 of 188 nights so far this broadcast year in the metered markets (including ties).

Note that all national ratings are "live plus same day" unless otherwise indicated. Metered-market household ratings are live only.





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· AMERICA'S GOT TALENT (NBC)
· BIG BROTHER (CBS)
· DATELINE NBC (NBC)
· DEAL OR NO DEAL (NBC)
· SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (FOX)









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