Ratings: ‘AGT’ Rerun Boosts NBC Into First Place Tie With CBS

Talent show encore sure beats the hell out of last week’s original “Hollywood Game Night”

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Johnny Manuel on 'AGT'

Americans love “America’s Got Talent” — even if they’ve already seen it before.

An “AGT” encore taking the place of “Hollywood Game Night” boosted NBC to first place in total viewers for Thursday’s primetime. The broadcaster finished in a tie with CBS for the top spot in the advertiser-sought 18-49 demographic.

Last week, with an original episode of the Jane Lynch game show, NBC was second among viewers and third in demo ratings.

Last night, CW settled for last place, even though it premiered a new season of “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” and debuted freshman series “Hooten & the Lady.”

NBC and CBS tied for first in ratings, both with a 1.1 rating/5 share in the key demo. NBC was first in total viewers with an average of 5.8 million, according to preliminary numbers. CBS was second in viewers with 4.8 million.

For NBC, following the “Talent” encore, “The Wall” at 9 p.m. put up a 1.2/5 and 6 million viewers. At 10, “The Night Shift” clocked in at a 0.7/3 and 4.4 million viewers.

For CBS, following repeats, “Big Brother” at 9 earned a 1.8/7 and 6.1 million viewers. At 10, “Zoo” received a 0.6/3 and 3.1 million viewers.

Fox was third in ratings with a 0.8/3 and fourth in viewers with 2.6 million. “Beat Shazam” at 8 posted a 0.9/4 and 2.9 million viewers. “Love Connection” at 9 landed a 0.6/3 and 2.3 million viewers.

Univision was fourth in ratings with a 0.7/3 and fifth in viewers with 2 million.

ABC and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.6. ABC had a 3 share, Telemundo got a 2. ABC was third in total viewers with 2.7 million, Telemundo was sixth with 1.4 million.

For ABC, “Boy Band” at 8 had a 0.6/3 and 2.5 million viewers. At 9, “Battle of the Network Stars” got a 0.7/3 and 2.7 million viewers. “The Gong Show” at 10 received a 0.7/3 and 2.9 million viewers.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 1.3 million. The return of “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” at 8 had a 0.4/2 and 1.6 million viewers. At 9, the series premiere of “Hooten & the Lady” settled for a 0.2/1 and 951,000 viewers.