NBC was so confident about adding Howard Stern as a judge on 'Americas Got Talent' that they moved the premiere of season 7 up from the first week of June to the middle of May, right when other shows are airing their season finales.
And just like every other idea NBC has had for the past 5 years, it failed miserably, and last nights premiere drew just 10.3 million viewers, a drop of over 5 million viewers compared to last seasons premiere. Which probably has nothing to do with Howard Stern, notes The Wrap:
"Talent" posted a 3.6 in the demo -- down 16 percent from last season's premiere on May 31 -- and 10.3 million total viewers. Last year's season premiere, however, was boosted by 'The Voice' and faced repeats on CBS. (This seasons) premiere matched the 2010 premiere, as well as last season's finale.
So there's no need for NBC to panic. Unless that panic leads them to firing Nick Cannon, who actually opened the show by saying it was "time to get this party started." It's like he was made in a lab by white people who had never met a black person and based him solely on black people they saw in Pepsi commercials.