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

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May 31st, 2012


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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  • kyle

    WOW that’s really disappointing for the Stanley Cup and pretty sad it was a great game

  • Joel

    i think this shows Happy Endings & Don’t Trust The B in Apartment 23 will go well together this fall!

  • Petar

    i guess king james and rondo big game kill sc final.

  • disney rocks

    SYTYCD did good; strange Fox shortened it to one night?

  • Sports Preemption

    Don’t trust the ratings yet. You have to imagine that a lot of the LA market and the rest of California watched that game and none of their ratings are going to be in the fast overnights. Wait until the finals before we can see how it compared to last year. Also the game went into overtime and went past 11, and this only has the 8-11 window.

    I’ll also say Happy Endings was preempted here in the Tampa market. Don’t know if that occurred anywhere else.

  • Ben Thompson

    Wow those are some shockingly low numbers for the game. It’ll rise up in the finals one the LA numbers are in but still will probably be lower than last years Game 1.

  • disney rocks

    Will CBS continue to air DITC?

  • Brandy

    So glad Top Model is up. Sophie was the right choice for the winner.

  • Barbarossa

    Can’t say I’m entirely sur[pised at the NHL rating, so I’ll wait for the finals. Still I think for the final average will be low 4 millions.

    Kings in 6

  • PJM

    It’s not really a surprise when you consider who was in the last 2 Stanley Cups vs. this one. Last year, the Celtics were already out of the playoffs by the time the Bruins were in the Cup, and the year before that it was 2 bona fide sports towns in Philly and Chicago. The Tri-State area might have tuned in for the Rangers in the Cup but not the Devils, and L.A. is suffering from playoff overload, the Kings taking the brunt of it.

  • Greg

    Maybe ANTM should be airing only on summers. It’ll obviously fail on Fridays this fall.

  • Lisa

    Dogs in the City should be on Animal Planet instead of CBS.

    Last night’s broadcast schedule was terrible. I watched a couple of the comedies due to lack of other options, and I didn’t laugh once.

  • phil

    Hockey is a boring game

  • rick

    Nothing drew a big audience. TV viwers without cable were probably watching PBS, Antenna TV, THIS network, ME-tv or independent outlets.

  • Kevin

    Stanley Cup should go up in the Final rating. Game went to Overtime which is probably when it’s viewership peaked. OT started at about 11 and ended around 11:15.

    But that’s honestly not that bad for the NHL, considering the 2 teams playing are near the bottom of the league in terms of popularity.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Don’t trust the ratings yet. You have to imagine that a lot of the LA market and the rest of California watched that game and none of their ratings are going to be in the fast overnights. Wait until the finals before we can see how it compared to last year. Also the game went into overtime and went past 11, and this only has the 8-11 window.”

    Not 100% correct, any game time after 11pm Eastern *would* be in the fast affiliate ratings for the Pacific Time zone, but your point about adjustments likely to be more than last year is a good one.

  • Chris

    Pushing the ANTM finale into the summer helped its ratings. Perhaps The CW should let the franchise rest after its upcoming Friday cycle and return it to the summer like its first season.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “It’s not really a surprise when you consider who was in the last 2 Stanley Cups vs. this one”

    Although last year one of the two teams home market was not included in the US TV ratings, which would have served to depress last year’s ratings.

  • Networkman

    Whoa! CSI repeated well. Also The Middle does great in repeats. Lastly, ANTM season finale performed decently, garnering a .6 demo. Not bad considering it is a reality show up in years and competing against SYTYCD after Memorial Day.

  • Barbarossa

    And it still averaged 4.6 million viewers.

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