[h=1]â€˜Americaâ€™s Got Talentâ€™ ratings take a dive with Howard Stern debut[/h]By Lisa de Moraes Howard Stern (Evan Agostini - AP) About 10.48 million people tuned in to watch Howard Sternâ€™s debut on NBCâ€™s competition series â€œAmericaâ€™s Got Talentâ€ Monday night. Last year, when the show debuted later in May, on a Tuesday, it had clocked 15.3 million viewers. Thatâ€™s about a 32 percent plunge. Among 18-49 year old viewers who are the currency of NBC ad sales, Sternâ€™s â€œTalentâ€ season kickoff clocked 3.7 rating. That means slightly under 4 percent of the countryâ€™s viewers in that age bracket tuned in. Last yearâ€™s debut did a 4.3 rating. Thatâ€™s a 14 percent drop. Last yearâ€™s season debut aired the Tuesday after Memorial Day. The May sweep ratings derby had ended by then and â€œTalentâ€ faced mostly rerun programming on the other broadcast networks. This year, armed with Stern, â€œTalentâ€ debuted in the teeth of ABCâ€™s â€œDancing with the Starsâ€ penultimate performance night, as well as the season debut of â€œThe Bachcelorette.â€ Sternâ€™s unveiling also faced the one-hour season finale of CBSâ€™s â€œHow I Met Your Mother,â€ which had been enjoying one of its stronger seasons, as well as original episodes of â€œTwo and a Half Menâ€ and â€œMike and Molly.â€ The â€œTalentâ€ debut also competed for audience with the season finale of Foxâ€™s â€œBonesâ€ and the penultimate episode of Hugh Laurieâ€™s long-running doc drama â€œHouse.â€ The moral of this story? Howard Stern is not, as NBC said at the start of the â€œTalentâ€ episode, the King of All Media, and NBC madethe mistake of buying into its own hype, making a serious misstep when it scheduled Sternâ€™s â€œTalentâ€ debut on Monday night.