TV Ratings Wednesday: 'So You Think You Can Dance' Dips & 'America's Got Talent' Hits Season Low

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July 19th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.8/6 1.5/5 1.4/4 1.3/4 1.2/4 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.6/6 1.7/6 0.8/3 0.9/3 0.9/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 5.076 3.797 5.400 5.223 3.907 0.900


FOX  was the number one network among adults 18-49, but CBS led with total viewers.

On FOX, So You Think You Can Dance earned a 1.8 rating, down two-tenths from last week's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, America's Got Talent scored a season-low 1.9 rating, down from last week's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS,the Wednesday premiere of Big Brother garnered a 1.9 rating, which is down eight tenths from last year's Wednesday premiere, which earned a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC,  Final Witness garnered a 1.2 rating, up a tenth from last week's  1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, July 18, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS Big Brother 1.9 7 5.606
FOX So You Think You Can Dance (8-10PM) 1.8 6 5.076
NBC Betty White's Off Their Rockers -R 1.1 4 4.670
ABC The Middle -R 0.8 3 3.879
CW America's Next Top Model -R 0.3 1 0.920
8:30PM ABC Suburgatory -R 0.9 3 3.197
NBC Up all Night -R 0.8 3 2.845
9:00 PM NBC America's Got Talent 1.9 6 7.476
ABC Modern Family -R 1.4 4 3.966
CBS Criminal Minds -R 1.0 3 5.07
CW America's Next Top Model -R 0.3 1 0.881
9:30PM ABC Modern Family -R 1.5 4 3.988
10:00PM ABC Final Witness 1.2 4 4.205
NBC Law & Order: SVU -R 1.1 3 4.436
CBS CSI -R 1.1 3 5.521


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," 2.6/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/5; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.0/7; 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," 0.4/2; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 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" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/1).

  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 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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  • Billy

    That Big Brother number is really low. It looks like all the reality shows were down last night.

  • WoWza

    Talent in the 1.9 range. Wow. SOunds about right – but wait, why do the news outlets not pounce like they did with Idol….. or X Factor….. each with 100 % more ratings or more (even 300 % higher)

  • WoWza

    Dance is replicating last seasons numbers almost exactly at this point, it will probabl be a 1.8 to 2.4 the rest of the season (2.3 or 2.4 for the finale). FOX has to be happy with this…. Especially with a budget that has to of been cut at least 40% with the one less night… maybe a bit more than 40%…. so FOX is probably over the moon.

    Also, with this being one of the only MAJOR nominations at the EMMYS for FOX, along with Cat Delley’s hosting nomination for the show, look for this to be back again next season. (That and New Girl acting nods).

  • rob60990

    AGT was a results show but the talent has been horrible. SYTYCD always falls this time of year. Not sure whats happening with Big Brother.

    Nice to see Final Witness gain even though its nothing outstanding. The story they did I have seen on Forensic Files.

  • disney rocks

    NBC should have the rerun of the AGt results show from last wednesday at 8. I hope ANTM adjusts down.

  • Bababo

    Because maybe AGT was a result show and result shows don’t do that well and second, it’s lead ins were two back to back repeats of bad NBC Comedies.

  • Survivor Fan

    Bad for Big Brother- I guess that they need to find a way to get Jordeff, Brenchel, and the Donatos back!

  • Chmarin

    Wooooow. Three of the biggest summer reality franchises aired last night and not one of them was able to crack a 2.0 rating. O_o

  • WoWza

    Also, Betty White… 1.1 is incredible for an NBC repeat

  • LT10

    I think BB is down just because this season has been very strategic so far, to a casual fan looking for fights/drama it has been lacking. Not to mention CBS advertising for it has really dropped the ball.

  • WoWza

    1.9 for reality shows in the summer is not terrible, but this day in age really this is fine. More than .1 lower on the other hand, cancelled.

  • rick

    The whole talent show thing has been played out. Reality shows in general are not appealing to the masses.

  • Fill

    The lead ins were terrible at 8 and 8:30 on NBC. I bet if they would have ran AGT at 8 instead at 9, it would have done better numbers for the night.

  • SJ

    AGT, SYTYCD and BB all under 2.0? This has been a spectacularly bad summer even for returning favorites. I’m getting slightly worried for fall ratings, especially for new shows.

  • Billy

    Reality shows are just on the decline. Look at the bigger ones like American Idol, DWTS, and Survivor to all these summer reality shows they are all down this year. I think the reality genre is finally starting to fade away.

  • mike

    Jedi Janie is back, she has to be the most popular BB contestant or it least in the top 5.

  • The satyr

    Betty White did decent but UP All Night is the problem for AGT. It’s a bad show with almost zero laughs. As for AGT, it might rise when the final ratings come out. Who knows at this point but result shows are always lower than the regular contest.

  • Ultima

    Especially with a budget that has to of been cut at least 40% with the one less night

    People tend to overestimate how much SYTYCD has been cut; its hours have been reduced less than 20% compared to previous seasons.

  • Ultima

    I think the reality genre is finally starting to fade away.

    You’re going to be in for some disappointment when you get back to reality! ;)

  • rob60990

    The reality genre will never go away and anyone who thinks that is kidding themselves.

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