'America's Got Talent' Tops Nielsen Ratings
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By DAVID BAUDER
The Associated Press
It has to be a little nostalgic for Regis Philbin: it's summertime, and he's host of the No. 1 TV show.
NBC's "America's Got Talent" was the most popular program on broadcast television last week, drawing 11 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.
It has to make him think back seven years, when ABC's "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" caught the public's fancy as a summertime series that eventually grew to dominate the network.
It's doubtful that the "American Idol"-influenced talent show on NBC will have the same impact. "America's Got Talent" took advantage of one of the least-watched weeks of the year in TV; only four programs were seen by more than 10 million viewers, Nielsen said.
Then again, Philbin is faring a lot better than ABC's advice series "How to Get the Guy," to which only 3.1 million people tuned in. A CBS special, "Shark: Mind of a Demon," had a not-too-scary audience of 4.9 million.