‘America’s Got Talent’ gives a win to NBC

‘America’s Got Talent’ gives a win to NBC


The 12-year-old singing sensation Grace VanderWaal’s $1 million prize capped a successful season for summer’s favorite television show, “America’s Got Talent,” and helped NBC to victory last week in the television ratings.

The girl’s feel-good story and the return of Simon Cowell to a judge’s table led to a strong season for the summer favorite, which will now be shelved with the onset of television’s fall season.

Here are the prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Sept. 12-18: 1. NFL Football: Green Bay at Minnesota, NBC, 22.75 million; 2. “NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 16.74 million; 3. NFL Football: N.Y. Jets at Buffalo, CBS, 15.39 million; 4. “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday), NBC, 14.41 million; 5. “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 13.97 million; 6. NFL Football: Pittsburgh at Washington, ESPN, 12.96 million; 7. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 12.7 million; 8. “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 12.19 million; 9. “Football Night in America” (Sunday, 7:55 p.m.), NBC, 11.86 million; and 10. “Emmy Awards,” ABC, 11.38 million.

Jolie Pitt says ‘health of family’ is reason for decision to divorce


Angelina Jolie Pitt has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt, bringing an end to what began as the world’s most tabloid headline-generating romance before morphing into a glamorous engine of family and philanthropy.

Jolie Pitt, 41, cited “irreconcilable differences” in divorce papers filed Monday in Los Angeles. She is seeking physical custody of their six children, with visitation rights for Pitt.

An attorney for Jolie Pitt, Robert Offer, said Tuesday that her decision to divorce was made “for the health of the family.” The filing dated the couple’s separation to last Thursday.

Their children are: 15-year-old Maddox, 12-year-old Pax, 11-year-old Zahara, 10-year-old Shiloh, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.

Associated Press

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