A rerun of CBS’ “NCIS” at 8 p.m. placed second with 8.81 million viewers, while another “NCIS” rerun at 9 p.m. placed third with 6.62 milion.
Tuesday night’s “AGT” included the second group of semifinalists live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. From the group of 12 acts that performed, only six will advance to the show’s finals, which start on Sept. 10.
“America’s Got Talent” bounced by from a series-low 2.2 rating in the 18-to-49 demographic to a 2.3 rating for Tuesday night’s show.
As the “America’s Got Talent” judges were quick to point out throughout Tuesday’s episode, the 12 semifinalists were extremely competitive.
Most of the acts – including Howard Stern’s wildcard, Leon and Rony – proved they belonged in the semifinals, while others, not so much.
The show kicked off with the teen duo of D’Angelo and Amanda dancing in water to Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal,” and ended with country crooner Jimmy Rose’s take on Garth Brooks’ “If Tomorrow Never Comes.”
In between was a cluster of acts that ranged from comedy to music to danger and beyond.
Acrobatic dance group Chicago Boyz impressed the crowd and judges with an energetic, jump-rope-inclusive routine to the sounds of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.”
The highly creative Kenichi Ebina turned in another solid performance that included what at first looked like is reflection in a mirror, but wound up being a prerecorded version of himself with whom he flawlessly danced and interacted.
Comedian John Wing’s deadpan stand up act was both funny and smart and played off the differences between husbands and wives.
Eleven-year-old Anna Christine wowed the audience with her version of the Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses,” while operatic singer Branden James did the same with his vocal abilities.
James, perhaps the most accomplished professional remaining in the competition, did not look happy with the criticism he received from Stern.
The KriStef Brothers, who were unable to perform last week due to injury, returned with a vengeance and entertained with their dangerous acrobatic act.
Timber Brown was, Timber Brown-ish. Solid performance that was less entertaining than the previous round’s.
It was a tough week to only vote for six acts, but true to the pattern set throughout the season, this viewer only voted for as many acts as will advance.
Here are the six acts that should advance during tonight’s “America’s Got Talent” results show:
1. Chicago Boyz
2. Kenichi Ebina
3. John Wing
4. Timber Brown
5. Anna Christine
6. Branden James
That said, we all know that America has exhibited some strange voting habits this season, so here are the acts that might slip through to the next round, due largely to their heartstring-pulling, tired back stories:
1. D’Angelo and Amanda
2. American Military Spouses Choir
Speaking of the AMSC, its performance last night proved that it is indeed the strength of the group’s back story that has put it through this far in the competition. The choir is a good choir – on par with one you might find at your local church – but definitely does not belong in the running for a Las Vegas-headlining grand prize.
The “America’s Got Talent” results show airs tonight at 8 p.m. on KSL 5 in Provo.