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A Nielsen-Topping Summer For NBC's "America's Got Talent"
In this image provided by NBC, Quatuor Stomp performs during "Auditions Pasadena Civic Auditorium" on an episode of the television show, "America's Got Talent," that aired June 28, 2016, on NBC. The summer's most popular program, "America's Got Talent," is benefiting from the presence of new judge Simon Cowell to record its best ratings in five years. (Trae Patton/NBC via AP)
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There’s little doubt that “America’s Got Talent” is the nation’s favorite television show of the summer.

The NBC talent show, this summer augmented by the addition of Simon Cowell as a judge, was seen by 12.8 million people on Wednesday, the Nielsen company said. That’s more than four million viewers more than any other program on the air last week.

NBC is stretching its schedule with a Wednesday night showing of “America’s Got Talent” highlights, and that finished as the third most-watched program for the week, Nielsen said.

A week after Fox hit a new low for one of the top four networks with a weekly viewership average of 1.96 million, it slipped to 1.94 million last week. Only one of its programs finished among Nielsen’s top 50.

The week of July Fourth is typically one of the least-watched weeks of television during the year, if not the least-watched.

NBC, which was also boosted by televising Olympic trials, led the networks with a 5.9 million prime-time average. CBS had 4.5 million, ABC had 3.8 million, Fox had 1.9 million, Univision had 1.5 million, Telemundo had 1.4 million, ION Television had 1.3 million and the CW had 830,000.

Fox News Channel was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.41 million viewers during a busy news week. HGTV had 1.62 million, USA had 1.4 million, History had 1.33 million and Disney had 1.31 million.

ABC’s “World News Tonight” narrowly topped the evening news ratings with an average of 7.8 million. NBC’s “Nightly News” was second with 7.7 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.6 million.

Below are primetime viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for July 4-10. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.

1. “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 12.81 million.

2. “Olympic Trials” (Sunday), NBC, 8.58 million.

3. “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday), NBC, 8.48 million.

4. “Celebrity Family Feud,” ABC, 7.43 million.

5. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 7.35 million.

6. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 7.34 million.

7. “The $100,000 Pyramid,” ABC, 7.12 million.

8. “Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks,” NBC, 7.03 million.

9. “NCIS,” CBS, 6.79 million.

10. “Big Brother” (Wednesday), CBS, 6.182 million.

11. “Big Brother” (Thursday), CBS, 6.178 million.

12. “20/20,” ABC, 5.91 million.

13. “Night Shift,” NBC, 5.74 million.

14. “Big Brother” (Sunday), CBS, 5.671 million.

15. “Match Game,” ABC, 5.667 million.

16. “Olympic Trials” (Friday), NBC, 5.48 million.

17. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 5.4 million.

18. “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 5.28 million.

19. “Life in Pieces,” CBS, 5.22 million

20. “Zoo,” CBS, 5.05 million.