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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  • Paulin j

    To kbmv: Howard Stern is a great judge, open, honest and very funny. Can’t say the same about the others on the show, especially Howie Mandel who pick terrible acts and does lame comedy .

  • Billy

    ESPN had the ESPYs on last night. I wonder if that affected the network shows.

  • Anderson

    You can’t tell what day AGT is on. I love the show but it’s all over the network in diffrent days and times. NBC is responsible for this and anyone who blames Howard Stern ( Who in my opinion gave the show new life) are just people looking to bash him.

  • jay

    The ESPYS doesn’t do well enough to hurt any other shows. Only like 2 million people watched OT last year

  • Score

    Poor for AGT last night and it was a series low (the previous low, a 2.1, was achieved on 2 different occasions, once in 2006 and again in 2009). The lead-in certainly won’t have helped, had they ran an AGT repeat at 8pm the results show would probably be looking at a 2.3 or so instead of the 2.0 it’ll get in the finals.

    A bigger problem has been NBC’s treatment and scheduling of it this year, which has been shockingly bad. Moving timeslots and nights constantly so the show is all over the place, running repeats instead of new episodes etc. It’s been terrible. I do think it’d be a bit down on last year anyway, but only because last year was a little higher than usual, but the declines will be bigger because of NBC’s scheduling.

    Howard Stern is great on it and should definitely come back next year. Sharon and Nick are good too but they need to get rid of the awful Howie Mandel. They should replace him with TWO new judges next year (one male, one female) and they both need to be young and relevant. Howard and Sharon are both nearly 60 and Howie is in his 50s – they need to go younger. They could do with adding a bit more excitement to the result shows too. Oh, and scheduling it properly and consistently next time would help.

  • KS: Brotherly Love is The Centre of Supernatural Universe and No Galileo Can Prove It Wrong

    @modern family is better than big bang

    I was hardly able to watch 5 episodes of Modern Family. I like TBBT a lot of times better than any other sitcom including 2.5 men, HIMYM or Friends. I don’t follow these ratings very particularly, but I believe TBBT has got better ratings than MF.

  • lll

    paulin j is correct. He may not have it talent-wise but they wanted someone to fill the no-nonsense, tell it like it is attitude that Piers Morgan has and Howard Stern is the closest person to that.

  • Oliver

    NBC has been institutionally terrible at scheduling for years and there’s no sign of it changing. It’s a major reason they are in the dumps as a network.

  • SJ

    Yeah, NBC’s scheduling of AGT does seem weird, especially since NBC didn’t air any specials that would warrant the schedule-bouncing. They’re just preempting it for the sake of preempting it. Quite odd.

  • Bababo

    Score, you are damn right, the way NBC is doing it’s scheduling is terrible. You can’t tell which night AGT is on, which is a shame because it’s been a better show thanks to Stern this season than the last few that passed.

    And yes, get rid of Howie Mandel.

  • modern family is better than big bang

    Only vergins watch the big bang theory. That’s why the ratings are high becuase there’s so many of them

  • RJ

    Final Witness adjusted down to a 0.5 last week, so that’s a huge jump. Modern Family did overrun by 2 minutes last night, so im guessing an adjustment down again today.

  • Nolose

    I like TBBT too but for me there is not better comedy than Friends in this century.

  • Alex

    NBC’s mismanagement of its shows are really screwing them over to the point that it’s dragging down its morning as well. Of course they might blame Howard Stern instead of anyone higher in the ranks. It just does not get it yet.

    NBC is poised to be the next CW.

  • Networkman

    Final Witness is intriguing even if the subject matter is depressing. I like watching it because the actors they get to portray these real people are good. But afterwards it makes you feel really sad knowing the incident that occured was a true story.

  • RG-X

    I watched Rain Man on video last b/c definetly most everything on during summer is definetly lame…definetly.

  • RG-X

    Someone from the CW must have gotten a job at CBS – otherwise why would CBS add Dogs in the City to their programming- I mean -really???

  • Lance

    “Dogs In The City” has finally rolled over and played dead. Now they should bury its remains in the pet cemetery where it belongs, along with all of the overpaid executives @ the network who thought “this” piece of dog dung would make a good idea for a weekly show.

  • David Howell

    Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse for NBC than coming within a slither of finishing fourth in a season where they had the Super Bowl, AGT starts falling precipitously.

    At this rate, even the Olympics will get low ratings for them.

  • jay

    Who’s got the superbowl next year?

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