TV Ratings Wednesday: 'So You Think You Can Dance' & 'America's Got Talent' Drop As Fox & NBC Share Ratings Crown

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June 9th, 2011

Scoreboard FOX NBC Uni ABC CBS CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.8/8 2.8/8 1.4/4 1.3/4 1.0/3 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.7/9 2.3/8 1.6/5 1.0/3 0.7/2 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 7.135 9.737 3.490 4.111 5.437 1.017

NBC's America's Got Talent drew a 3.6 adults 18-49 rating, down a tenth of a point (3%) from yesterday's 8pm episode's 3.7 rating, and down 16% from last week's Tuesday performance show. Although it was the best rated Wednesday AGT since July, 2006. At 8pm a new Minute To Win It had a 1.3 rating.

Fox's So You Think You Can Dance scored a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating, down 10% vs. last Wednesday's episode.

Fox and NBC tied for the adults 18-49 ratings crown on Wednesday night.

The only other new episode on broadcast last night, a special episode of ABC's 20/20 scored a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

Last night's NHL Stanley Cup Final Game 4 was on Versus, so we won't see the ratings directly until late afternoon Eastern time, but we may get an NBCU press release earlier. Stay tuned.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, June 8, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.5 9 6.882
NBC Minute To Win It 1.2 4 4.362
ABC THE MIDDLE - R 1.1 4 4.517
CBS Undercover Boss - R 0.9 3 4.172
8:30 FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.8 9 7.432
NBC Minute To Win It 1.4 5 4.938
ABC THE MIDDLE - R 1.2 4 4.262
CBS Undercover Boss - R 1.0 3 4.625
9:00 NBC AMERICA'S GOT TALENT 6 3.0 9 10.753
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.7 8 6.891
ABC Modern Family - R 1.6 5 4.401
CBS Criminal Minds - R 1.0 3 5.486
9:30 NBC AMERICA'S GOT TALENT 6 3.4 9 12.068
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.9 8 7.335
ABC Modern Family - R 1.7 5 4.367
CBS Criminal Minds - R 1.2 3 5.978
10:00 NBC AMERICA'S GOT TALENT 6 3.9 11 13.227
ABC A SPECIAL EDITION OF 20/20 1.3 4 3.645
CBS Blue Bloods - R 1.0 3 6.010
10:30 NBC AMERICA'S GOT TALENT 6 3.9 11 13.077
ABC A SPECIAL EDITION OF 20/20 1.2 3 3.474
CBS Blue Bloods - R 1.0 3 6.349

via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.2/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.5/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.9/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.3/4 with an encore.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.0/5; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with an encore.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.6/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).

At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.5/4 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated. Starting with data for Mon 3/28/11, all program ratings will now include multiple viewings of a telecast on a DVR. Previously only the first viewing was counted. HUT/PUT will now consist of Live TV viewing and DVR playback at time of play. Previously, HUT/PUT consisted of live viewing and DVR playback credited to time of live telecast.

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