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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  • Joseph

    Well I Really Liked , Dogs In The City , it had a lot of the feel of watching a NBC show , and more then once I thought I was going to hear the music from the Apprentice.
    I know it is not at all what CBS tends to put out there , BUT , Dogs In The City , was a really cool show and I hope it gets at least a 13 episode order so it can run through the summer.

  • Common Anomaly

    NHL Team Average RSN Rating for 2011-2012 season:
    New Jersey Devils (MSG Plus)- a .34 rating and an average of 25,000 homes
    New York Islanders (MSG Plus) – a .25 rating and an average of 18,000 homes

  • G.E.

    No doubt CBS pleased that DITC- very family-friendly- held its ground and set the table for two hours of blood and monsters. Amazed no other network scheduled that kind of reality show earlier. Oh. It’s the networks.

  • Babygate

    Why is ABC in 4th place according to the table? With the same demo as Univision and more viewers, shouldn’t it be in 3rd?

  • Tony

    America’s Next Top Model should be moved to Summer.

    The Catalina, The L.A. Complex should be renewed for next summer. They aren’t HUGE performers but they are CHEAP and perform the same or a little higher than repeats do right now and have the opportunity to grow in time.

    It will be interesting to see how Breaking Pointe does tonight for the CW as well as the repeat of The Catalina.

  • Daniel

    Dogs in the City is so-so. I used to watch Dog Whisperer and that was a much better show

  • Kaylie

    SYTYCD did decent. The one night is all it needs to stabilize its ratings.

  • TatiG

    NBC got killed on that 1.0 rating. That is terrible for a Network TV. Should never have dropped the NBA imo. dumb move.

    I wonder who is managing that Network???

  • TatiG

    Torrid is gonna have a field day with this :)

  • SarahL


    You got that right. LOL!

  • SJ

    I do find it hilarious that the supposedly weak and lead-in dependent sitcoms Happy Endings and Apartment 23 both did better than that “hit” New Girl’s repeats yesterday. And Apartment 23 aired at 10pm, when no sitcoms usually air. They’re gonna be neck-and-neck the whole season unless one of the networks blinks and moves their comedy block, which I don’t see happening.

  • JS

    The big reason why the Stanley Cup Games will be lower this year is that all of them will be directly competing with the NBA – whereas – last year- only 1 of the games did (and it wasn’t Game 1)

  • torrid

    For shame! TatiG and SarahL, how you’ve wronged me *sob, sob and more sobs* :(

    Here I am rejoicing with my favorite hockey fanbois …. I mean, the SCF playoffs FINALLY BROKE 2 million – almost went to 3 LOL! so why the beetching and bellyaching boys (oh by the way, I knew you all were hiding here all along, but prudently cloaked to avoid the lashing Matty got:) )

    Speaking of Matt – the poor fella, deranged by the handling I unfortunately had to mete out to him on this site, said …and I quote…

    “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.” Matt the Miffed!

    Careful Matty its only game 1 – if you start hearing buzzing in your head already keep the meds near man -I really am concerned for you. I hope your fellow hokites (can I call them that?) help to dissipate that grand conspiracy forming in your head – next thing you’ll be hearing voices and I’m afraid it may end up all bad for you?

    But enough of this .. I expect to return with some Comparative Analysis when the NBA numbers come in. Should be interesting :)

  • Barbarossa

    Apparently this is the lowest game 1 of the finals since 2009, and least watched game since 2007. Can’t say I’m surprised, but puts it in a bit of perspective

  • Barbarossa

    Hey torrid. We’ve all been realistic this year, wellmostly, considering the two teams that are in the final and you pick on the psycho kid, try dealing with people your own size

  • Michael

    Is SYTYCD really down over 25% year over year? If so, why is no one reporting that?

  • Margaret

    I am very disappointed with FOX. Why do internet viewers have to wait 30 days instead of 8 days to view each episode of “SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE” (SYTYCD)? I do not have a TV set or funds at this time to pay a TV Internet Provider Service, we already pay an outrageous amount for internet service It’s a great show, but rather than complain, I just stopped trying to understand the reasoning behind their decision since they didn’t respect their initial audience who helped them in their ratings. There are so few things on TV that are clean and inspirational to young and old. This really sucks FOX!!!!!

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