TV Ratings Wednesday: 'So You Think You Can Dance' and 'Dogs in the City' Dip, 'Duets' Flat + 'Justin Bieber' Special

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June 21st, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.4/8 1.4/4 1.2/4 1.2/4 0.9/3 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.0/8 1.4/5 0.9/3 0.7/3 0.6/2 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.521 3.530 4.150 5.797 3.632 1.157


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

On FOX, So You Think You Can Dance earned a 2.4 18-49 rating, down a tenth from last week's 2.5.

On ABC, Duets was flat with last week's 1.1 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Dogs In the City scored a 1.0 rating, down a tenth from last week's 1.1 rating.

NBC's Justin Bieber: All Around the World special earned a 0.9 Adults 18-49 rating, scoring almost a full ratings point lower than the last NBC music special (Adele: Live in London, which scored a 1.7 18-49 rating two weeks ago)

The CW was all repeats for the evening.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, June 20, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX So You Think You Can Dance (8-10 PM) 2.4 8 6.521
ABC The Middle -R 1.0 4 4.195
CBS Dogs in the City 1.0 4 4.943
NBC Justin Bieber: All Around the World 0.9 3 3.308
CW America's Next Top Model -R 0.3 1 1.103
8:30PM ABC Suburgatory -R 1.0 4 3.580
9:00 PM ABC Modern Family -R 1.6 5 4.646
CBS Criminal Minds -R 1.3 4 6.031
NBC Law and Order: SVU -R 0.8 2 3.399
CW America's Next Top Model -R 0.4 1 1.211
9:30PM ABC Duets (9:30 -11) 1.1 4 4.159
10:00PM CBS CSI: Crime Scene Investigation -R 1.4 4 6.42
NBC Law and Order: SVU -R 0.9 3 4.189

Late Night results (via press note from NBC):

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.5/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.9/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.2/4 with an encore. 
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.4/2; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with an encore.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 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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  • TimsDale4ever

    Can’t stand that Bieber twit…

  • RyanCanada


  • TimsDale4ever

    rajesh — I don’t know but I made a comment yesterday on a show that got a 6.0 rating and that was as close to the total viewers as I’ve ever seen. Somone commented like I was a total idiot for the observation. ??

  • carla

    Only watched Dallas last night. Will only watch POI and NBA finals tonight.

    All the other stuff on summer TV sucks.

  • cc

    Lmao Beiber fans all past their bedtime.

  • Patrick G.

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    You’re welcome ;)

  • Lance

    Duets and DITC are real duds.

  • Fashioness

    Bieber special was the lowest rated show of the 8 o’ clock our.. I hope this is the start of his 15 minutes whining down…

  • Beckham

    @ Fashionless
    I agree with you. He got famous way too fast and that’s not a very good thing. They say he’s trying to appeal to older audiences as his fans are starting to mature, but that doesn’t look to be the case!! :) never hated the guy but just quite annoying. Hopefully his is the start of his fame dying down

  • bluone

    How pathetic NBC can’t even score with the Beibs !!!

  • Cath

    The Fox decision to go with one day of So You Think You Can Dance seems to be paying off. Wonder how it will work out when we start to vote?

  • KS

    Supernatural would be here in a few months and I guess, this thread is gonna get interesting.

  • me

    I saw Dogs in the city last night on CBS. I didn’t think it was all that bad! the dogs were really cute. and it was interesting how Justin Silver (I think that’s his name) worked with everyone in the family, to help them get along with the dog. for example, there was a white dog named Stella on last night’s episode, and she belonged to a family with two kids. and he made sure to get the whole family involved to make her behave. speaking of kids, I can see how this could be something that people could watch with the whole family. I don’t have any kids, but I wouldn’t mind having them around when a program like this is on.

  • hardline_pro

    Lol what kind of dancing is that?! o_O

  • Joseph

    Note that Univision was number-two in both the 18-49 and 18-34 demos last night.

    As for the Justin Bieber special, I thought it would do much better than that.

    Or is Bieber so last year???

    (Maybe NBC should have aired a One Direction special instead!)

  • Phil

    JB is so overrated. His fans are crazy obsessed, they need to learn how to live their own lives and stop inflating JB’s life.

  • rick

    If the total numbers were listed Bieber probably would have looked a lot better. Sort of the opposite of Jesse Stone who’s audience is 50+, Justin’s numbers are under 18.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @Rick: for what it’s worth not much better. Bieber trailed SYTYCD with teens 12-17 from 8-9p and tied with the ABC comedy repeats. Though he did fare much better with teens than Dogs in the City (0.8 rating vs. 0.4).

  • Martin

    While i am not a big Bieber fan, Lady Gaga had a special on the CW last year and it did terribly, i think maybe less than a million viewers so maybe just tv specials for artists don’t work that well.

    While the Adele one did decently enough, it didn’t do gangbuster numbers, i think maybe only reason she did that well is that she is an all rounder in terms of age groups that would like her music.

    Also, what is it with The CW lately, those top model repeats are definitely gonna be adjusted down, probably under a million.

    But what is it with them being adjusted down so much in finals, are they being preempted constantly somewhere.

    why is there a more than usual difference between the preliminaries and the finals on The CW, does anyone know the answer to that??

  • Fashioness


    Yep, whenever I see bieber (that’s when I have no choice like on a music award show lol).. He just look like an idiot.. he has like a space suit on that is like 5 times bigger than he is.. and his hair like those Jedward twins.. He can’t sing.. Girls are just facinated by his cuteness and that’s it.. He will grow up and be forgotten.. I hope he does not take this moment for granted..

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