TV ratings: 'House' finale rises Monday; decent start for 'American Ninja Warrior' on NBC

Fast National ratings for Monday, May 21, 2012The series finale of "House" drew some of its best ratings of the season Monday night, but like the final episode of "Desperate Housewives" the previous week, it didn't come close to the heights it reached at its peak. Elsewhere, the final performances on "Dancing With the Stars" drew the night's biggest overall audience, and "America's Got Talent" had the best numbers among adults 18-49. "AGT" also helped NBC's summer series "American Ninja Warrior" get off to an OK start.ABC finished on top among total viewers in primetime, averaging 10.6 million people and a 7.1 rating/11 share in households. FOX (7.4 million, 4.6/7) edged NBC (7.2 million, 4.1/7) for second place. A night of reruns and specials put CBS (5.7 million, 3.7/6) in fourth. The CW was way back with just over 560,000 viewers and a 0.4/1.In the adults 18-49 demographic, NBC's 2.6 rating led a tight pack,...

'America's Got Talent' Episode 7.3 Photos: New York Auditions

Howie, Sharon and Howard visit the new judge's hometown to check out the talent on their next stop, New York City. Get a peek at some of the newest crop of performances. Catch America's Got Talent on Mondays at 8pm and Tuesday at 9pm on NBC.

'America's Got Talent' Auditions: Week 1 Standouts

The first week of America's Got Talent season 7 has passed, providing us with a bevy of performances, from a singing bird lady to a scorpion swallower to a rapping 80-year-old "Granny G." Plus, we got to see new judge Howard Stern in action (and he was surprisingly a welcome addition to the table). With a talent competition as large as this one, going on its seventh season, you have to really stand out to not only make it past the first auditions (to Vegas, where the contestants will perform again to make it onto AGT 's live shows) - you have to somehow distinguish yourself from the crowd of already high talent. Here's a look back at some of the standout performances from the first week of auditions.

TV ratings: 'NCIS' finale tops 'America's Got Talent' Tuesday, two-hour 'Glee' falls

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, May 15, 2012The season finales of "NCIS" and "NCIS: Los Angeles" carried CBS to an across-the-board ratings win Tuesday, while night two of "America's Got Talent" improved slightly in viewers but declined in adults 18-49.Elsewhere, a double dose of "Glee" on FOX was down a little from its performance last week, and the season finale of "Private Practice" improved on its week-ago numbers.CBS averaged 16.3 million viewers and a 10.3 rating/16 share for the night, leading second-place NBC (8.6 million, 5.3/8) by a wide margin. ABC (7.8 million, 5.3/8) came in third. FOX drew 6 million viewers and a 3.6/6, while The CW managed only about 830,000 viewers and a 0.6/1.CBS also led the adults 18-49 demographic with a 3.2 rating. NBC was second at 2.8, followed by FOX at 2.5. ABC scored a 1.7 in the demo, and The CW came in at 0.4....

Jorge And Alexa Narvaez, YouTube Sensations, Sing 'Home' On 'America's Got Talent' (VIDEO)

Jorge and Alexa Narvaez are back in the spotlight, but this time the father-daughter duo has taken their talents, as first displayed in a viral YouTube performance , to " America's Got Talent ." The father-daughter pair, who captured the hearts of millions of Internet users since launching their own YouTube channel , began their journey to a $1 million prize by singing "Home" on the Los Angeles stage. Seven-year-old Alexa's spunky attitude made their appearance on the NBC show all the more memorable. "What happened to your dad?" she asked new judge Howard Stern after he complimented Jorge's performance. "You don't wanna know," Stern said, and the crowd erupted in laughter. This emotional performance may have appealed to the radio talk show host, but was their duet good enough to convince judges Howie Mandel and Sharon Osborne to move them further into the competition? Watch and find out.

'America's Got Talent': Howie Mandel and Nick Cannon on Howard Stern's debut

Howard Stern was certain to shake up the "America's Got Talent" judging panel, but when Howie Mandel and Nick Cannon spoke with Zap2it just before the "AGT" debut on Monday, May 14, the pair said Stern was not nearly as insensitive and blunt as you'd think he'd be.Stern has adjusted "very quickly and rapidly," Cannon says. "He's doing great."Mandel is excited just by the fact that Stern signed on in the first place. "The fact that he said okay to this," he says, "it's exciting, it's thrilling, people are coming out in throngs."As a judge, Cannon says Stern is top-notch. "He's every emotion you could imagine. I think that's what actually makes him a great judge," he says. "You're going to see him be extremely compassionate. Howard Stern has to tell a 6-year-old they weren't good, [and] he handles it brilliantly.""And then he comes to work and does the show," deadpans Mandel.Check out the full...

TV ratings: 'America's Got Talent' strong but not enough to beat ABC and 'Dancing with the Stars'

Fast National ratings for Monday, May 14, 2012Curiosity about Howard Stern on "America's Got Talent" was not enough to knock "Dancing with the Stars" from its perch atop the Monday ratings heap. The dancing competition, combined with the newest round of "The Bachelorette" propelled ABC to winning the night.Other ratings of note include a nice bump for the season finales of "Mike & Molly" and "Gossip Girl." The Upper East Side drama returned to the positive side of one million viewers after dipping well below last week.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.CBS won the 18-49 battle with a 3.3. NBC finished second with 3.0....

Howard Stern's America's Got Talent Debut: How Did He Do?

It didn't take long for us to realize that there would be very little talent on Monday's America's Got Talent premiere. So instead, we focused our attention on the newest addition to the judges' panel — Howard Stern — the man who has managed to make this season of NBC's talent competition show more relevant and talked-about than any of the six seasons before it.

Howard Stern Premieres On 'America's Got Talent'

For the seventh season premiere of " America's Got Talent " (Mon., 9 p.m. ET on NBC) all eyes were on the newest member of the judging panel, Howard Stern. Replacing the outgoing Piers Morgan, Stern proved to be somewhat less grouchy, while at the same time far more enthusiastic about a few of the acts. In fact, at times he was downright nice. Entertainment Weekly thought Stern was well within the expected parameters of the show, but that the show itself quickly became tiresome. But Stern was still himself, commenting at one point to a stripping magician, "As a stripper you can't have man-boobs." He even went so far as to tell the man he had a "rather small package." But was it enough to impress Stern's fanbase? Was he tame enough to not alienate the family-friendly segments of the "AGT" audience? And more importantly, did he have a good eye for talent? The jury's still out on that last one. "America's Got Talent" continues on Mondays and Tuesdays throughout the summer on NBC. TV Replay scours the vast television landscape to find the most interesting, amusing, and, on a good day, amazing moments, and delivers them right to your browser.

'America's Got Talent's' Howard Stern: 'Piers [Morgan] was wonderful. I was more wonderful'

As Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne make their way down the aisle of the Hammerstein Ballroom, a once grand New York venue, the cheering is pretty crazy. But when Howard Stern follows, the audience becomes rapturously, deliriously loud.The judges of the seventh season of "America's Got Talent" take their seats for a day of auditions. Not all of these acts will make it to the NBC show returning Monday, May 14, for which viewers can offer eternal thanks.On this day, there's an off-kilter marching band and a man unfamiliar with the notes customarily used in singing. Osbourne advises a woman with a good voice to smash her accordion.Another woman's stand-up act consists of putting on a baby voice and snorting. A 14-year-old girl sings James Brown's "This Is a Man's World," and when the judges don't advance her to Las Vegas, she begs and cries.Two brothers, third-generation circus performers, take seven dogs through their paces,...