Last night, America’s Got Talent: The Champions proved that even in the wintertime, AGT reigns supreme in the ratings.
The spin-off debuted to a 1.8/7 rating with 9.97 million viewers. While those numbers aren’t as high as the regular America’s Got Talent show tends to reach in the summer, they were still pretty impressive and were enough to win the night in both ratings and viewership and to help NBC pull off an overall victory for the evening.
The show’s closest competition in the ratings department was the premiere of The Bachelor on ABC, which came out 0.3 points lower with a 1.5/6.
Viewership-wise, nothing came close to touching Champions. With an audience of nearly 10 million, the show was the most-watched series debut for a regular unscripted program in three years, garnering over three million more viewers than the second-most watched show of the evening, a rerun of The Big Bang Theory on CBS with 6.37 million.
There was some speculation in the weeks leading up to the premiere that Champions might not do as well as its parent show due to the lack of home audience voting we’re used to having with AGT. Last night’s ratings results seem to indicate this won’t be too much of a concern, but the real test will be next week now that viewers know they won’t be involved in any of the decisions made on the show.
But given AGT‘s track record of dominating the ratings, I think the spin-off will continue to come out on top for the remaining six weeks of its run. Here’s hoping it does!