Wednesday saw a trio of big finales as America’s Got Talent (2.9/11), Big Brother (2.1/8) and MasterChef (1.1/4) all wrapped up their summer runs.
All of which means in a highly competitive Season 12 and Tyra Banks’ debut as energetic AGT host, 12-year-old Darci Lynne Farmer was the third child to win the series and the first ventriloquist since Paul Zerdin took the prize back in Season 10. There was a million-dollar prize and chance at a Vegas show for Farmer, just like Season 2 winner and fellow ventriloquist Terry Fator scored.
The big win for AGT itself was last night’s finale rising 4% among adults 18-49 and 7% in total viewers to 15.6 million from the Season 11 ender. That means — with the comparisons to that 12-year-old Grace Vanderwaal-winning season that concluded on September 14, 2016, and more — the show produced and co-judged by Simon Cowell scored a season high and a six-year finale high in the key demo and a seven-year audience high in fast-affiliate numbers.
The top show of the night overall, AGT also was up 38% from its September 13 edition. With AGT followed by the Season 2 debut of The Good Place (1.4/5), which was down 39% from its Season 1 opener that had a post-Voice premiere slot, the Comcast-owned net easily won Wednesday with a 2.4/9 rating and 12.17 million viewers. Being that Tuesday’s AGT adjusted up a tenth to a 3.0/12, there is a good chance last night’s show will see demo changes to that could see it as the Season 12 high overall later in the day.