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Got Talent tops Rising Star US debut

LUDACRIS, KESHA, BRAD PAISLEY, JOSH GROBANThe American Rising Star took five million overall viewers on its debut outing on ABC, but was topped by NBC’s America’s Got Talent.

According to Nielsen Media Research data, the buzzy singing competition show Rising Star, which has received a huge marketing push ahead of its Stateside debut, took 1.5 million 18-49s. This compared with 2.1 million 18-49s and eight million overall viewers talent format Got Talent mustered.

ABC’s adjusted Fast National Ratings showed Rising Star gaining a further 100,000 overall viewers.

This all means Rising Star, the format of which ABC acquired from Israel’s Keshet International, took second place overall for the night. The Alphabet Network will likely see as a modestly positive result, and noted the figures represent its highest summertime result in its 9-11am Sunday timeslot since 2011.

Rising Star did significantly beat rival programmes on social media platforms. It took 129,071 tweets, which was 290% higher than Got Talent and 116% high than Got Talent’s season premiere on May 27.

The RIsing Star app, which home viewers use to vote on performers, was downloaded more than one million times, with more than five million votes cast in real time.

Earlier this week, TBI reported Rising Star US had been sold to a trio of platforms in Asia.