TV Ratings Wednesday: 'So You Think You Can Dance' Wins Night, 'Dogs In the City' Debuts Low, 'America's Next Top Model' Finale Rises, Stanley Cup Finals Down


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.6/8 1.3/4 1.2/4 1.2/4 1.0/3 0.5/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.2/8 0.8/3 1.2/4 0.9/3 0.8/3 0.4/2
Total Viewers (million) 6.970 6.545 3.146 3.570 2.709 1.151

Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for NBC (Stanley Cup) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

FOX was the number one network among adults 18-49 and  total viewers.

On FOX, So You Think You Can Dance earned a 2.6 among adults 18-49 up 8% from a 2.4 for last Thursday’s premiere.

On NBC, the Stanley Cup Finals game one, which went into overtime, scored a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating down 44% from a 1.8 final rating for the first game last year, though this number will in all probability be adjusted in the final ratings. Edit: Although it’s interesting to note that last year’s game 1 preliminary rating was also a 1.8, so the finals adjustments may not be substantial.

On CBS, the series premiere of reality show Dogs In the City scored a 1.3 among adults 18-49.

On the CW, the season finale of America’s Next Top Model garnered a 0.6 among adults 18-49 up from last week’s 0.4.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, May 30, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 FOX So You Think You Can Dance (8-10PM) 2.6/8 6.97
CBS Dogs In the City (Premiere) 1.3/4 6.66
ABC The Middle – R 1.3/4 5.00
NBC Stanley Cup Finals (8-11PM) Live 1.0/3 2.71
CW America’s Next Top Model – R 0.4/1 0.93
8:30 ABC Suburgatory – R 1.2/4 3.83
9:00 ABC Modern Family – R 1.5/4 4.41
CBS Criminal Minds – R 1.1/3 5.95
CW America’s Next Top Model (Season Finale) 0.6/2 1.37
9:30 ABC Happy Endings – R 1.1/3 2.81
10:00 CBS CSI – R 1.5/4 7.03
ABC Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23  – R 1.1/3 2.73
10:30 ABC Modern Family – R 1.1/3 2.64

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,” 1.7/5 with an encore telecast delayed by hockey; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.5/6 with an encore; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 2.9/7; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.4/4 with an encore.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.5/3 with an encore delayed by hockey; “Late Show,” 0.5/2 with an encore; “Nightline,” 1.0/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/3 with an encore.
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.0/4 in metered-market households with an encore delayed by hockey) trailed CBS’s first-run on-time “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.3/2 in 18-49 with an encore delayed by hockey) tied “Late Late Show” (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.6/3 in metered-market households and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 with an encore delayed by hockey in the 25 markets with local people meters.


NOTE: All ratings are “live plus same day” from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.
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