The Sunday night telecast, which ran from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., drew 8.43-million viewers, up 18% from last year for its fourth year of audience growth, and it garnered a rating of 1.9 among advertiser-desired 18-to-49-year-olds, representing a 19% boost. It was the show's best performance since 2004.
Miss New York Nina Davuluri was crowned the winner after performing a Bollywood fusion dance for the talent portion of the competition. She succeeds last year's Miss New York, Mallory Hagan. This year's event was also noteworthy for the attention given to Miss Kansas, most likely the first contestant to openly display tattoos.
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NBC was the top network with an average of 15.9-million viewers.
Except for football overruns,
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