In spite of losing its collective voting mind, enough of the American TV-viewing audience tuned in to the “America’s Got Talent” results show to give the reality competition show a ratings win on Wednesday night.
According to Nielsen overnight numbers, “AGT” attracted 9.7 million viewers, while the next closest show – the 9 p.m. airing of Fox’s “MasterChef” – pulled in 6.3 million.
In the 18-to-49 demographic, “America’s Got Talent” placed second for the night behind “MasterChef,” which pulled in a 2.4 rating.
CBS’ “Big Brother” finished third on the night in total viewers with 6.26 million.
This week’s episodes were the first round of the “America’s Got Talent” semifinals from Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
The six acts that advanced during Wednesday night’s results show were operatic trio Forte, singer Cami Bradley, comedian Taylor Williamson, shadow-dance group Catapult Entertainment, magician Collins Key, and all-girl acrobatic dance group Innovative Force.
Singer Davie Fenley and Catapult Entertainment were the final two acts left to face the judges for the final spot in the finals.
After Mel B cast her vote for Fenley, judges Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, and Howie Mandel each voted for Catapult Entertainment.
Has America lost its collective “America’s Got Talent”-voting mind?
Based on last night’s episode – and others previous to it – the answer appears to be a resounding “yes!”
While four of the advancing acts actually deserve a spot in the finals, two of them – Key and Innovative Force – do not.
Yes, the girls are cute and very talented with what they do, but seriously, who would pay top-dollar to watch them in Vegas?
As for Key – whose Tuesday-night act was both confusing and suspicious – even he looked like he was astonished at America’s voting.
It was pretty funny seeing the leader of Catapult Entertainment in the background with his mouth agape as host Nick Cannon announced Key would advance.
Seriously, America? You’re going to tell us that a teenaged illusionist – who did a pretty poor job at fooling us on Tuesday night – is more entertaining than a velvet-throated crooner who has pro chops?
Fortunately for us, Tuesday night’s 8.5 million viewers – most of who probably didn’t vote – are just a small sampling of the nearly 314 million people who live in the U.S. Let’s hope that, if the entire country were to care and vote, a more logical conclusion would have been reached.
But such is not the case. We are stuck with the decision that the presumably biased voting audience came to, so let’s get over it and move on.
Beside Fenley, the acrobatic dance DuoResonance was far more deserving of a spot in the “America’s Got Talent” finals than Key or Innovative Force.
The second “AGT” semifinal round – which will include Marty Brown and the Military Spouses Choir, a pair of unworthy semifinal acts – will perform next Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 8 p.m. on KSL 5 in Provo.