I gotta tell you that if I ever take over a judge gig on a reality TV show and the initial ratings are mediocre, I want Jon Hein doing the spin for me. I just heard the segment he talks about the ratings and he does a great job spinning some bulllshit. Hein's spin on why AGT premiered two weeks early: "I think NBC saw how strong the audition tapings were and decided to push up the premiere into sweeps" Fact: It was the Olympics and only the Olympics that pushed up the premiere. AGT will go on hiatus for two weeks during the Olympics and NBC had three choices - premiere two weeks early, go two weeks into the 2012-2013 season and compete against fall premieres, or take two weeks (4 shows) out of the schedule all together. They already tried pushing two weeks into the fall in 2008 and the ratings suffered (in fact, they were as good or better than what they have gotten so far). There is no way they are going to cancel four shows because AGT is a money maker on a network with few money makers. The only option they really had was to move up the premiere. Hein's spin on why they air a repeat of Monday's show on Tuesday at 8PM "The shows have been so strong ratings wise that they decided that the repeat would perform well vs. Idol" Fact: NBC has always run a repeat of AGT's Monday's episode on Tuesday from 8-9 PM. It has nothing to do with Howard or the current ratings at all. Hein's spin on how AGT has affected the competitors: "DWTS had the lowest ratings ever in the key demo for a finale." Fact: AGT probably took some of the audience of DWTS, but the ratings drop probably had more to do with the final battle was between Donald Driver and Katherine Jenkins. People wouldn't know who Driver was unless they were more than casual NFL viewers which clearly isn't a lot of DWTS' audience. And does anyone even know who Jenkins is? Just so you don't have to look it up, she is a classical/opera singer who has had some cross over success on the pop charts IN GREAT BRITAIN. The biggest star for this season was Urkel and the season has been so bad that even Howard said he stopped watching. Jon Hein is really earning his paycheck now. After Howard leaves the radio, Jon could really find a career in Washington. Even some of these beltway insiders can't spin as well as Jon Hein does.