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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Definitions: Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

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  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    And it still averaged 4.6 million viewers.”

    Indeed it did, but many factors were at work, both positive and negative:


  • Barbarossa

    … continuing my last post. You’re right rating wise it probably hurt, but in terms of views it wasn’t that big an issue

  • SJ

    I think Fox was smart in shortening the SYTYCD running time this season. Condensing the format seems to be helping so far.

    Well, CBS couldn’t have expected Dogs in the City to become a runaway hit anyway so…

    Even though Happy Endings and Apartment 23 don’t repeat well, I’m glad ABC is airing them over the summer. Although, how long can they repeat the 7 episodes they have of Apartment 23? By the way, they really should air the leftover Happy Endings episode sometime this summer.

  • Petar

    I guess CBS already cancel dogs in the city reallity! Their drama repeats get the same numbers in the summer(NCIS even bigger) and they are almost free.

  • cc

    Geez, the soaps get better numbers, and yet people want to believe soaps are dead.

    As usual, it all depends who’s doing the spinning.

    It’s my opinion, I’m entitled to it, for any haters ready to jump in.

  • christy

    Dogs in the city should be on Animal Planet.
    I liked Dean Cain in Criminal Minds last night, but I don’t like him as a killer.

  • TimsDale4ever

    Only older people care about DITC.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Geez, the soaps get better numbers, and yet people want to believe soaps are dead.

    As usual, it all depends who’s doing the spinning.

    It’s my opinion, I’m entitled to it, for any haters ready to jump in.”

    I like how showing someone’s wrong is “hating”, but you’re simply wrong.

    Last week the 4 soap operas got between a 0.8-1.3 women 18-49 rating.

    That was below last night’s W18-49 rating for FOX (3.4), ABC (1.6), CBS (1.6).

    Not to mention that the soap opera men’s ratings (which we don’t see) are certainly lower than the women’s ratings, putting them likely well below last night’s M18-49 ratings.

  • juan

    Yay for SYTYCD, there were some really great auditions and happy the ratings were up, I wish they would do two nights. Also pretty good for Happy Endings and B in Apartment 23 and hopefully this maeans that it will hopefully do good on tuesdays.

  • Mike

    Nice to see The Middle do a great number for total viewers on a rerun. This is a show I really think will do well in syndication.

    Sad to see the SCF game rated low since this they have been getting some good numbers in the postseason. But with a lot of the Eastern teams that were getting big numbers (Flyers, Caps, Rangers) now out, it drops. Hockey, as much as I adore it, is not a sport where people still care about it after their team is eliminated.

  • SarahL

    I totally loved Dogs in the City. We’ll see how it does next week, but I think it is fine summer programming for CBS.

  • AC75

    I don’t really watch reality TV, but Dogs In The City was OK. I’ll probably watch it again next week. As “reality” TV goes, it could be worse. It could be someone looking for their soul mate, trying to lose weight, or a tribe of plastic housewives doing absolutely nothing. At least dogs are fun. Yay dogs!

  • A.C

    CBS…Don’t air junk like DOGS..bring back the best summer reality show ever. FIRE ME PLEASE….that show was hilarious!

  • Coacoav

    DITC was lame last night. One of the stories was a father and daughter worried their dog was getting fat and might die. So the doggie guy takes
    them to the vet. Give me a break shouldn’t they be able to take their
    own dog to a vet? I love animals and dogs especially but this show was
    very boring. I’ll keep watching because of the dogs.

  • SarahL

    Dogs in the City is reality tv? I think of it as part of the pet tv genre. This is probably because I can’t stand reality tv.

  • SarahL

    Awww, I loved the father/daughter with the Burmese Mountain Dog. The daughter was the sweetest thing. I related to their sorrow over losing a dog.

  • Rob

    No surprise about the NHL

    There was a far more entertaining game on ESPN

  • disney rocks

    SYTYCD may be doing decent because of not having AGT competition in its second hour.

  • ZJW

    It probably didn’t help that period one was pretty spectacularly dull. The game picked up a lot of pace as it went though. I’m not surprised the #’s are down, though i didn’t predict they’d fall this low. Guess that’s what happens when you have 2 teams that don’t have very large fan bases. Plus, part of NBC’s problem is they focus all of their attention on marketing 7 teams, and the NJD and LAK aren’t 2 of them.

  • Justin121

    So You Think was hitting 1.9s last summer.

    Cancelling the results helped.

    A CSI repeat was the most-watched program of the night LOL

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