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Michael Phelps helps boost 'America's Got Talent' ratings

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Swimming Phelps Lochte

The second night of U.S. Olympic swimming trials coverage may have been steady in the ratings, but America’s Got Talent sure wasn’t.

Michael Phelps getting beaten by teammate Ryan Lochte (again!) delivered 7 million viewers and a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating for the Peacock. The lead-in helped boost America’s Got Talent (11.5 million, 3.2) by 7 percent to the highest adult demo rating for an entertainment telecast on any major broadcast network in weeks. At 10 p.m., Love in the Wild (5 million, 1.6) still kinda sucked, but was up 23 percent.

Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen (5.3 million, 2.2) and MasterChef (5.3 million, 2.2) were mostly steady.