TV Ratings Wednesday: 'So You Think You Can Dance' and 'America's Got Talent' Down, 'Final Witness' Up, 'Dogs In The City' Finale Flat

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July 12th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.9/6 1.4/5 1.4/4 1.1/4 1.0/3 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.8/7 1.5/6 1.0/4 0.8/3 0.6/2 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 5.74 3.78 5.45 3.86 5.12 0.71


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

On FOX, So You Think You Can Dance scored a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating, down10 percent from a 2.1 on June 27.

On NBC, America's Got Talent earned a season low 1.9 adults 18-49 rating, down 32% from a 2.8 for a two hour episode on Wednesday, June 27.

On CBS, the finale of  Dogs In The City garnered a 0.9 matching the series low of its last new episode on June 27.

On ABC,  Final Witness garnered a  1.1 adults 18-49 rating, up from from a series low 0.7 rating on July 4.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, July 11, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 FOX So You Think You Can Dance (8-10PM) 1.9/6 5.74
NBC Betty White's Off Their Rockers - R 1.2/4 4.60
ABC The Middle - R 1.0/4 3.80
CBS Dogs In The City 0.9/3 4.69
CW America's Next Top Model - R 0.3/1 0.76
8:30 ABC Suburgatory - R 1.0/3 3.32
NBC Up All Night - R 0.7/2 2.77
9:00 NBC America's Got Talent 1.9/6 7.88
ABC Modern Family - R 1.4/4 3.73
CBS Criminal Minds - R 1.1/3 5.21
CW America's Next Top Model - R 0.3/1 0.67
9:30 ABC Modern Family - R 1.4/4 3.77
10:00 NBC Law & Order: SVU - R 1.2/4 4.79
CBS CSI - R 1.1/3 5.45
ABC Final Witness 1.1/3 4.28


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," 2.8/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/5; 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,” 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.5/2; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.
  • 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 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2 with an encore).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 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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  • Tony

    What happened last night?

  • Revorushin

    That’s kinda low for SYTYCD

  • rob60990

    Wow AGT did awful, even if it was just a results show.

  • Mark

    AGT had horrible lead ins. It still won the night.

  • me

    I kind of liked Dogs in the City. I thought that it was kind of cute!

  • Sid

    Off their rockers repeated much better than Up all night.

  • NEK38583

    AGT also went up against Dallas last night. That is why I didn’t watch it. I wouldn’t miss Dallas for anything.

  • Dennis

    SVU beats CSI in the 18-49 ratings!

  • Craig

    Must be a series low for AGT?

    I can’t see Howard being back next year after this. They spent a lot of money and the ratings are down after years of stable numbers.

    That being said, NBC’s scheduling of it has been awful. Constantly moving nights, moving timeslots, missing nights… AGT always performs best at 9pm with a lead-in from a repeat of the previous nights show.

    What’s going to happen to it with The Olympics? Even in 2008 taking a 3 week break hit it badly and if it happens again it might do even more damage.

  • GIGO

    They should have just repeated an AGT episode before they aired a result show. It would have gotten better ratings and kept the demo up. With those repeats, viewers probably thought AGT at nine was a repeat as well.

  • WoWza

    The real winner here is FOX. SYTYCD is doing pretty well, I’d expect this to adjust up to a 2.0 possibly. Considering this one was about to be axed, around a 2.0 is pretty good for the summer… I mean x factor got 3.4’s alot… durring the season…. with Simon Cowell. Considering 1.4 is not much … not really….. DANCE is doing really great. It defiantely has a following.

  • WoWza

    Also, people who watch the show know it is a nitch show…. a cult like show even… people who dont watch it probably think its idol or x factor for dance, which s not what it is… it has an intimate feel…. and a more impressive show, really. It isnt just abother reality competition, it really has heart.

  • Bjm

    Once again, I will say that “Final Witness” would be a great fit with Investigation Discovery.

  • s0303

    this is why fox got rid of the sytycd results show…a 1.9 rating for the performance show isn’t that great and the results show rating would be much worse…

  • Louf

    The reason AGT had stable numbers last year Craig is the fact that it aired with the Voice and had a stable time slot. You trying to blame Stern for NBC’s treatment of the show is nuts. He’s the best and only good thing on it this show this season .

  • kbmv

    That dogs in the city show needs to be sandusky’d. It’s so lame and corny.

  • Paulin j

    Result shows don’t do that well, they never do. Especially when it’s lead in are repeats of two very bad shows. Even with those problems, the AGT result show did decent enogh to take the night.

  • kbmv

    How is Howard stern a talent evaluater? He has no talent himself

  • modern family is better than big bang


  • cc

    AGT numbers starting to look like Harry’s Law numbers. It should be toast soon.

    Dogs in the City, it is what it is. Just a summer spot filler for dog lovers. At least it’s not another “dating” show.

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