Ratings: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Jumps in Competition Finale

NBC show rises in key demo and total viewers ahead of crowing Season 11 winner

Grace VanderWaal America's Got Talent

“America’s Got Talent” rose in the ratings week-to-week as Season 11 prepares to crown its winner.

The top 10 finalists’ performances helped the NBC series average a 2.7 rating in the key adults 18-49 demographic over its two hour broadcast, as well as 13.7 million viewers. That is an eight percent jump in the key demo from last week and a 14 percent jump in total viewers.

The season finale of “Better Late Than Never” no doubt benefited from the “America’s Got Talent” lead-in. The travel series featuring Henry Winkler, William Shatner, George Foreman and Terry Bradshaw likewise rose in the weekly ratings to a series high of a 1.7 rating and 7.8 million viewers.

NBC easily took first place for the night, averaging 11.7 million viewers and a 2.3 rating in primetime. “America’s Got Talent” aired from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET, and it was followed by “Better Late Than Never.”

CBS finished a distant second with 6.2 million viewers and a 1.1 rating. “Big Brother” drew 6.4 million viewers and a 1.8 rating at 8 p.m. ET, followed by repeats of “NCIS” and “NCIS: New Orleans.”

ABC finished third in total viewers with 2.9 million but fourth in the demo with a 0.7 rating, airing only repeats.

Telemundo finished fourth in total viewers with 1.8 million but third in the demo with a 0.8 rating.

Univision finished fifth with 1.6 million viewers and a 0.5 rating.

Fox came in sixth place with 1.4 million viewers and a 0.4 rating, airing only repeats.

The CW finished in seventh place with 892,000 viewers and a 0.3 rating, airing only repeats.