UPDATED: NBC’s America’s Got Talent opened with a 2.5 in adults 18-49, per Nielsen overnights, down a tenth from last year’s premiere and up 19% over the 2015 finale. (The show later ticked up to a 2.6 in Nielsen's official nationals, level with last year's premiere.) The debut of variety show Maya & Marty, hosted by Maya Rudolph and Martin Short, did a 1.5.
With Simon Cowell as a judge, AGT paced NBC to a healthy 2.2/8, way ahead of the pack. CBS did a 0.9/4, ABC a 0.8/3, Fox a 0.7/2 and The CW a 0.4/1.
The broadcasters were up against night two of History miniseries Roots, also airing in Lifetime, LMN and A&E.
CBS was in repeats until 10, when Person of Interest pulled a 1.0, up a tenth from last week’s performance.
ABC had 500 Questions at 0.9, same as its last weeknight airing, before a repeat of Fresh Off the Boat.
On Fox, Hotel Hell rated a flat 0.8 and Coupled a flat 0.5.
CW repeated The Flash, then Containment slipped 20% to 0.4.