kevinskinner americasgottalent 290 TV ratings: 'America's Got Talent' finale rules WednesdayFast National ratings for Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009

The crowning of Kevin Skinner as the 2009 “America’s Got Talent” winner gave NBC a ratings victory Wednesday night and also helped “The Jay Leno Show” improve on its Tuesday numbers. FOX’s “Glee” held onto most of its audience from last week, but “The Beautiful Life” pulled in rather homely numbers for its premiere on The CW.

NBC scored 14.7 million viewers and a 9.1 rating/15 share in households for the night, more than doubling the audience for its nearest competitor. CBS finished second with 6.21 million viewers and a 4.2/7, slightly ahead of FOX’s 6.16 million and 3.9/6. ABC (4.6 million, 2.8/5) came in fourth. The CW trailed with 2.1 million viewers and a 1.5/3.

The adults 18-49 race was a little bit closer, with NBC’s 3.5 rating beating FOX’s 2.7 for the top spot. ABC took third in the demographic with a 1.7, edging CBS’ 1.6. The CW drew a 1.0.

The hour-by-hour results:

8 p.m.

NBC: “America’s Got Talent” finale (13.5 million viewers, 8.4/14 households)
ABC: “Wipeout” (6.2 million, 3.5/6)
FOX: “So You Think You Can Dance” (5.7 million, 3.6/6)
CBS: “The New Adventures of Old Christine” rerun (4.5 million, 3.1/5)/”Gary Unmarried” rerun (4.5 million, 2.9/5)
The CW: “America’s Next Top Model” (2.8 million, 2.0/3)

18-49 leader: “America’s Got Talent” (2.8)

9 p.m.

NBC: “America’s Got Talent” finale (17.5 million, 10.5/17)
FOX: “Glee” (6.64 million, 4.2/7)
CBS: “Criminal Minds” rerun (6.63 million, 4.6/7)
ABC: “Crash Course” (3.7 million, 2.2/3)
The CW: “The Beautiful Life” premiere (1.5 million, 1.1/2)

18-49 leader:
“America’s Got Talent” (4.1)

10 p.m.

NBC: “The Jay Leno Show” (13.1 million, 8.4/14)
CBS: “CSI: NY” rerun (7.5 million, 5.1/9)
ABC: “Primetime: Family Secrets” (4 million, 2.7/5)

18-49 leader: “The Jay Leno Show” (3.4)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.

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Posted by:Rick Porter