TV Ratings Wednesday: 'America's Got Talent' Down But Still Wins Night; 'So You Think You Can Dance', 'Dogs In The City' Fall, 'Final Witness' Debuts Low

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June 28th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.5/8 2.0/7 1.3/4 1.1/3 1.1/4 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.9/7 1.8/7 1.3/5 0.8/3 0.7/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 9.31 5.56 3.45 3.80 5.54 0.66


Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for NBC (U.S. Olympic Trials) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

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

On NBC night four of the U.S. Olympic Trials scored a 1.9 preliminary adults 18-49 rating. America's Got Talent earned a 2.8 among adults 18-49, down 13% from a 3.2 on Tuesday night and matching its season low.

On FOX, So You Think You Can Dance earned a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating, down 17% from last week's 2.4.

On ABC,  the series premiere of Final Witness garnered a 1.0 down 17% from last summer's debut of Primetime Nightline:Beyond Belief which garnered a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating on June 29, 2011.

On CBS, Dogs In the City scored a 0.9 adult 18-49 rating, down 18% from last week's 1.1 rating and tying its series low.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, June 27, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 FOX So You Think You Can Dance (8-10PM) 2.0/7 5.56
NBC U.S. Olympic Trials (Live) 1.9/7 7.02
CBS Dogs In the City 0.9/3 4.68
ABC The Middle - R 0.9/3 3.70
CW America's Next Top Model - R 0.3/1 0.72
8:30 ABC Suburgatory - R 0.8/3 3.06
9:00 NBC America's Got Talent (9-11PM) 2.8/8 10.46
CBS Criminal Minds - R 1.4/4 6.44
ABC Modern Family - R 1.3/4 3.82
CW America's Next Top Model - R  0.2/1  0.60
9:30 ABC Modern Family - R 1.3/4 3.69
10:00 CBS CSI - R 1.1/3 5.51
ABC Final Witness (Premiere) 1.0/3 4.25

Late Night results (via press note from NBC):

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

· "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" scored its highest rating in metered-market households (3.2/8) since January 11 and "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.6/5) delivered its top Wednesday rating since February 29. Wednesday’s “Tonight” featured Mila Kunis, Jim Norton and musical guest Justin Bieber. “Late Night” guests included Salma Hayek Pinault, Aaron Sorkin, The Jacksons and musical guest LMFAO, and Angelo Moore sat in with The Roots.

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.2/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.0/5; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.9/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.0/5; "Late Show," 0.5/2; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.6/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.0/3). 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 1.0/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 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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  • John P

    NBC is a beast this summer

  • Hades

    NBC does well with reality and sports but crap with scripted. Maybe they ought to just stick to what they’re good at?

  • Lion

    Numbers are missing for the 2nd hour of top model;-)

  • Fancy Pants

    Final witness was Amazing!

  • Leon

    I figured SYTYCD would take a hit with the AGT competition, but I expect it to bounce back in 2 weeks

  • Nick

    Yikes. :-( @Final Witness. It could survive if Duets and The Glass House do worse. Dogs in the City needs to go.

  • Ron

    I know its a repeat, but those viewer #s seem high for Suburgatory.

  • Vin

    Just sayin i called yesturday that agt ratings were going to go down

  • RG-X

    New Final Witness STILL lost to a repeat of CSI – HA!

  • One

    Typical ABC. They needed to take a look at the ratings for all the shows on Investigation Discovery and the other “true crime” networks before thinking that something like Final Witness would work on broadcast.

  • Nick

    BTW, is Final Witness unscripted or scripted?

  • K

    @Nick, so true. Too bad that Justin is not sleeping with his clients, then the ratings for Dogs would be higher

  • FlatHeadSnapSips

    I’ve watched Dogs In The City – not live – but I watched it all the same, from Ep.1 and last night it was just too dull. The dogs didn’t really have the problems, it was more about the owners. With low numbers to start with, I’m not surprised this week dropped. Probably that’s just the way it’s gonna go. Spiral into oblivion.

  • BEEL


    I agree that Final Witness should move to Investigation Discovery


    is there gonna be a poll for the return of awkward? its gotten a ton of promotion

  • Oliver

    How many episodes are there of Dogs in the City? CBS must be thinking about pulling it as it’s doing worse than repeats would.

  • One @ Nick

    Unscripted, but they appear to do over-stylized “dramatic re-enactments” and basically have the victim talking over the narration.

    So basically, the crimes are real and the style recalls The Forgotton (or it would if anyone actually remembered The Forgotten).

  • Sammie

    Watch AWKWARD today at 10:30 On MTV!

  • Morgan Wick

    Is there a reason beyond West Coast air times for “the nature of live programming” to affect Olympic Trials ratings, or do you not know that NBC is airing them delayed on the West Coast? (Actually, I suppose the answer to that is, “do you put up the same warning for live reality shows?”)

  • Morgan Wick

    @One: So, The Forgotten is The Forgotten? (rimshot)

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