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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  • Bee

    looks like SYTYCS and duets really were hurting each other last week. i hope duets rises tonight also!

  • Rob3008

    ABC’s comedies all repeated pretty well. Interesting to see that not even a Modern Family repeat at 10.30 can pull in its usual repeat numbers, it really is a dead time slot for ABC.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “So You Think was hitting 1.9s last summer.

    Cancelling the results helped.”

    Huh? The second Wednesday SYTYCD last season (that went against the NHL SCF game 1 as well) drew a 3.1 rating, which was much better than last night’s prelims.

  • Rob

    Last nights TV line up was boring. Even cable was bad. Time to turn off
    the TV and head outside. I love the Dog Whisperer on Discovery and It’s Me or the Dog on Animal Planet. Dogs in the City was just poor knock off of both of them. No offense to the trainer, who I am sure is good. But us dog owners already know where to get the real info and entertainment.

  • Matt

    I rarely question Nielsen, but based on the buzz around this Stanley Cup– and the fact that it’s in the two biggest markets in the country– there’s just no way I buy that 1 rating.

  • Lane

    A Bitch rerun did better than Modern family… wow

  • Ben Thompson


    Cities like Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Boston, and Washington are much bigger hockey draws than New Jersey.

  • Ultima

    I rarely question Nielsen, but based on the buzz around this Stanley Cup– and the fact that it’s in the two biggest markets in the country– there’s just no way I buy that 1 rating.

    New York being the #1 market is irrelevant in this case because the Devils are the least popular of the three NY area NHL teams. It’s not like Rangers fans still coping with their loss last round are going to turn on the TV to watch a hated rival play in the SCF.

  • Jeff

    The SCF numbers figure to go up a bit, but neither the Devils or Kings were “buzz-worthy” teams this year, not sure if NBC ever showed any of their regular season games.

    Re DITC, I just didn’t really see it as a CBS type show. CBS places itself as the network of “Middle America”, not sure how a show about a dog-sitter in Manhattan really fits in with their brand.

  • Northeast891

    No Rangers = Low Ratings!

  • David

    Hockey suffered because that Heat game also went into OT and was a great game to watch. I am sure there are crossover fans there and they decided to watch Rondo play is ass off instead of the hockey game. But, I am curious to see how much is added to it once LA is factored in.

  • Barbarossa

    4. Or are you not counting the Sabres as a New York Area team?

  • Red

    It’s official. DITC is a real dog.

  • TVWatcher

    I’m guessing the Stanley Cup struggles were due to the NBA and maybe a little for USA Soccer. In previous years without an NBA strike, the Stanley Cup and NBA Finals go on the same week but on alternating nights, but this year they’re on the same nights and will keep being together for a while depending on how long both series last.

  • Northeast891

    Buffalo Sabres are a NY team but they are not a NYC market team. Most Yankee fans and Giants fans are known to be NY Rangers fans. We all know what kind of market the NYY and NYG have. Hey, it’s New Yawk!

  • Ultima

    Or are you not counting the Sabres as a New York Area team?

    I meant the NY metropolitan area.

  • Mikel

    CSI is getting stronger with the new cast. A 1,5 is not that great for a CBS repeat but considering it improved the lead in and that the show is in Season 12. I say it is doing very good.
    Nina Tassler said they were happy with it because it had improved the numbers of the spot for them.
    The dog show was bad. I got tired of it after 30 min.

  • David Howell

    The ratings were likely to be a little unpredictable for this SC series because of the teams being the forgotten teams of the two biggest conurbations (counting NY/eastern NJ as one) in America. Big upside potential with the large markets – big downside potential if the teams can’t even get traction in those markets.

    Evidently the latter happened. For Game 1, anyway; this series probably has more than usual upside potential for a Game 6 or especially a Game 7.

    Big numbers for The Middle reruns, actually matching the average of the two MF reruns. And 2.6 for SYTYCD? Wow, that beats practically every scripted show on the network this calendar year. Once again Fox does the business with reality even when their scripted shows let them down, and for CBS it’s evidently the other way round as a CSI rerun outdoes their new reality show.

  • Nick

    A Bitch rerun did better than Modern family… wow

    since when? Modern Family repeats got 1.5 and 1.1 and the APT 23 repeat got a 1.1. Don’t you know how to count?

  • Melanie

    Good for top Model and congrats to Sophie. I wanted Laura to win, but Sophie was my next choice since they were my two faves throughout the competition.

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