Howard Stern outperforms some expectations!

Self-proclaimed King of all media Howard Stern should be smiling year-to-year right now! The new ratings just out for his America’s got talent show were more than respectable, they were downright incredible! According to the website TV by the Numbers, America’s Got Talent earned a 3.6 adults 18-49 rating, compared to a 3.8 in the time period for the finale of The Voice last week and a 4.3 for last year’s season premiere on June 2, 2011. The web site Zap2it says ABC won the night in total viewers with 11.9 million and a 7.7 rating/12 share in households. CBS came in second with 10.4 million, 6.4/10. NBC (8.9 million, 5.3/8) finished third. FOX landed in fourth spot with 6.7 million viewers and a 4.2/6. And The CW brought up the rear with 1.3 million viewers and a 0.9/1.

That’s absolutely amazing! Because remember , Howard and the rest of the cast of America’s got talent were up against some heavy competition during last night’s May sweeps. Additionally notice that America’s got talent only dropped .2 percentage points from the week before and that was a finale show for the NBC hit The Voice.

NBC actually brought America’s Got Talent on the air early to be part of May sweeps. Last year America’s Got Talent (without Howard Stern) opened their season on June 2. Had NBC waited until the same time period this year they would’ve been out of the May sweeps but would have had less competition from other network shows that would already be in reruns.

Having been chewed up by Howard Stern some 14 years ago when I interviewed him for my Louisville tonight live show I’m actually thrilled that Howard did well on a national television network. In fact my wife Norine thought he was fabulous as a judge. That says a lot about Howard’s performance.

The numbers for ratings last night are as follows:

8 p.m.

ABC: “Dancing with the Stars” (14.8 million viewers, 9.6/15 households)
NBC: “America’s Got Talent” (9.96 million, 5.8/9)
CBS: “How I Met Your Mother” season finale (8.5 million, 5.0/8)
FOX: “Bones” season finale (7.1 million, 4.4/7)
The CW: “Gossip Girl” season finale (1.2 million, 0.8/1)

18-49 leader: “How I Met Your Mother” (3.6)

9 p.m.

ABC: “Dancing With the Stars” (17.1 million, 11.0/16)/”The Bachelorette” (9.3 million, 6.0/9)
CBS: “Two and a Half Men” season finale (11.3 million, 6.9/10)/”Mike & Molly” season finale (11.6 million, 7.2/11)
NBC: “America’s Got Talent” (10.7 million, 6.2/9)
FOX: “House” (6.5 million, 4.0/6)
The CW: “Hart of Dixie” season finale (1.5 million, 1.0/1)

Bob Sokoler is a former Anchor/Reporter turned Louisville Realtor 7 years ago, and co-owner of The Medley Sokoler Team in Louisville Kentucky. You can learn more about Bob, his Team by clicking Louisville Real Estate.