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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  • adanskii

    AGT vegas week was really down this year vs last year. I think Vegas week last year hit a series high 4.6

  • Tim

    Adanskii, was there less compitistion last year than this year on the other networks?

  • were123

    Funny that NBC rates so well in Summer and so bad in Fall, Winter and Spring

  • David Howell

    NBC – Nothing But Competitions (sports, reality, etc.)?

  • SalaciousCrumb

    OT —

    The NFL is moving 4:15 games to 4:25.

    Will affect/effect ? sunday nite shows.

  • Howa

    NBC is a beast during the summer as the Olympic Trials has provided great lead-in opportunity for AGT to capitalize off of these past three days. NBC should just air time trials until the Olympics start.

  • Howa

    @ SalaciousCrumb

    As a NFL fan this is great for me because it gives me 10 extra minutes to watch bonus coverage of the out of town games. It will definitely effect Sunday shows on CBS and FOX as there will be an extra 10 minute delay to each program.

  • Joseph

    Did the Olympic trials air live on the West Coast at 5 P.M. PDT??

  • K

    @Oliver. There is one more episode of Dogs, this season. It will be on 2 weeks from yesterday. It is the season finale.

  • Networkman

    @Fancy Pants, I totally agree. I really enjoyed Final Witness. I like how it is produced. It had the feel of Unsolved Mysteries mixed with a fictional dramatic show like Body of Proof. The case really held my attention. The narrating from the victim is a nice touch. I really hope this show catches on because it is executed very well.


    Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte are killing for the Olympics right now.

  • PinoyTvCritic

    NBC does well with reality and sports but crap with scripted. Maybe they ought to just stick to what they’re good at?
    their comedies are good. no sizable audience but their sitcoms are way better than the crap on CBS.

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