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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  • Cally

    “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.”

    The reason for this is that no one knows which night a new episode is on. NBC loves to run a ton of repeats for AGT but they don’t give the viewer a real night and time to expect new episodes. They may run new shows maybe on Monday, or Tuesday or Wednesday, when ever they feel like it. You get the picture? You don’t have a solid foundation to expect where to go to find new episodes and that’s what is killing the show. Howard Stern has been a god sent to this program and the network this summer but thanks to NBC and their incompetence, they are ruining a show that is getting great buzz.

  • Oliver

    The Super Bowl will be on CBS.

    Makes you wonder what the lead-out show will be. 2BG/TBBT and Friend Me perhaps? One of their millions of procedurals?

  • a p garcia

    I can’t believe how much AGT went down. I guessit is partly due to NBC suits schedue it whenever there is time. Howard Stern has turned out to be one of the best judges AGT has had. He brings out the fact that that Howie Mandel is not a good judge.

  • Dean_W

    ‘CSI’ will be ajusted up.

  • Lindalou

    NOT that my opinion matters, but I enjoyed DOGS IN THE CITY. As a pet owner, I learned a great deal from watching the program. I picked up many ideas and more importantly I picked up what I’ve been doing wrong from watching the “dog moms” featured. Hopefully I will correct my ways! It would be great if the program found a home on Animal Planet.

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  • jay

    @llindalou I agree about it being a show on animal planet. That’s where it should be. CBS is too big of a network to be putting stuff like that on. I’m not really a pet person other than a caged bird or a goldfish lol. But if people like the show than animal planet would be a perfect match

  • talbet

    they will bring the opera guy back to agt .. that should help.. losing the two people (the lying cowboy and the goth opera guy) who created a buzz around the show, made it damaged goods.

  • K


    You are so right, there is no place on regular tv for a show like Dogs, only sex crazed sitcoms, lame reality shows (with the exception of HK, MasterChef. Amazing Race, and to a lesser extent Big Brother), and unbelievable crime shows, (ie CSI). Speaking of CSI, its unbelievable factor shows up, when the investigators are looking at a person that has been dead for a while, yet they don’t hold their noses and no flies/maggots are present. Yet, this show still gets high ratings.

  • Voltron

    I’ve never watched America’s Got Talent before Stern, but if numbers are down or low I’m not suprised. This show really sucks. Like big time. The production is slick, the judges are really good at their job (in particular Howard), and Cannon is awesome too. But its the concept that is so weak. The contestants are complete crap, highlighted by these children’s dance school troups that you could literally see at least 10 equal caliber acts in any midwestern city in America. And this also shows why Talent Shows are one night events. Most “talents” are only good viewed once, maybe twice. Asking these people to do their “tricks” repeatedly is a lost cause. it’s always repetitive, the singers get worse, and most importantly nothing on this show is a “million dollar act” and I don’t know why anyone expects that. Awful show…

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