Say what you will about America’s Got Talent, but it’s still got an audience.
NBC’s summertime staple returned on Tuesday night to 11.9 million total viewers and a 3.0 demo rating, up in audience and off just a tenth from its year-ago premiere (which had The Voice‘s Top 6 results show as a lead-in).
Leading out of that, The Night Shift — which TVLine readers gave an average grade of “B-” — debuted to 7.8 mil (a 16-week high in total audience for the time slot) and a 1.6 rating aka the No. 2 summer drama debut for any network in four years/since Rookie Blue, trailing only Under the Dome.
Over on ABC, Extreme Weight Loss (3.9 mil/1.3) gained a tenth versus its previous premiere, while Celeb Wife Swap (3.7 mil/1.2) surged more than 30 percent, hitting season highs.
Fox’s Riot (1.4 mil/0.6) ticked up a tenth from its weeks-ago premiere, while I Wanna Marry ‘Harry’ (1.2 mil/0.4) dropped 37 and 43 percent from its aprés-American Idol launch.