America’s Got Talent Judge Cuts Ratings Continue to Drop

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT — “Judge Cuts” Episode 1509 — Pictured in this screen grab: (l-r) Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Sophia Vergara, Simon Cowell — (Photo by: NBC)

The ratings trend continues for competition reality shows that switch to remote performances due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Just like American Idol and The Voice before them, America’s Got Talent ratings began to drop as the pandemic affected how episodes were filmed.

AGT ratings stayed steady until Auditions 6. At that point, Heidi Klum was gone from the panel due to illness, and the acts were performing in an empty auditorium. The show took a 4th of July holiday break and came back with more studio-less auditions and remote auditions. AGT aired a clip show the following week. When the show returned with the heavily promoted remote Judge Cuts, the ratings fell more.   

While NBC’s America’s Got Talent led Tuesday in both total viewers (6.1 million) and in the demo (1.0 rating), the numbers marked a season low for a new episode. The ratings are down a whopping 33 percent from last season’s first Judge Cuts episode.

In the meantime, World of Dance, which will air previously recorded pre-pandemic episodes for the rest of the season, climbed 2/10ths of a point from a 0.5/3.28 mil to a 0.7/3.7 mil. {Last week’s low numbers were likely due to a weak lead in). The show’s ratings have stayed with a 0.8-0.7 range throughout the season.

America’s Got Talent Season 15 ratings so far:

Auditions 1 1.5/9.88 mil (May 26)
Auditions 2 1.3/8.75 mil  (Jun 2)
Auditions 3 1.3/8.63 mil (Jun 9)
Auditions 4 1.3/8.57 mil (Jun 16)
Auditions 5 1.3/8.72 mil (Jun 23)
Auditions 6 1.2/8.44 mil (Jun 30)
Auditions 7 1.1/7.63 mil (Jul 14)
AGT: Best of Auditions 0.7/5.08 mil (Jul 21)
Judge Cuts 1.0/6.1 mil (Jul 28)

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