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


    Never said the reality genre is going awawy, but anyone can see how it is going, down, down, down. From DWTS to American Idol to the big disappointment the X Factor’s ratings were as measured against the expectations. They are all down significantly this year.

  • disney rocks

    We’ve reached a point where it’s nearly impossible for shows to grow in ratings.

  • Andrew

    I’m sorry, but I’m glad to see Big Brother falling. This season has been a huge disappointment so far.

  • Ultima

    @disney rocks
    We’ve reached a point where it’s nearly impossible for shows to grow in ratings.

    No. I’d give examples, but that statement is so absurd that it’s not worth the effort.

  • A.C

    I’ll tell you what’s wrong with BB. It’s the BOOGIE and DAN show with occasional walk ons by the actual players in the game. Why anybody thought brining these guys back was a good idea is beyond me…and the ratings reflect the lack of interest in the “Mentor Twist”.

  • Kissan


    Are u kidding??? Betty White show is doin great for NBC!!!

  • Ultima

    the big disappointment the X Factor’s ratings were as measured against the expectations

    Right, because if you measured The X Factor’s ratings against other shows, it would look very successful and that wouldn’t fit your silly narrative.

    One could say that the awesome 10.7 rating and 28 million viewers that the Two and a Half Men premiere got were disappointing when measured against CBS’ ridiculous 50 million plus hype.

    Never said the reality genre is going awawy, but anyone can see how it is going, down, down, down. From DWTS to American Idol to…

    You mean shows that are around a decade old decline in ratings? Stop the presses! Just keep ignoring the massive explosion of successful reality programming that is dominating the cable ratings, the glut of broadcast reality that is still competitive despite some shows dating back to 2000, and the fact that even with its huge declines, American Idol is still the highest rated and most watched entertainment program.

  • frend in need

    I tried sitting through Betty white and that other show that follows it on 8:30 last week, they’re unwatchable. I avoided it this week and forgot AGT was on. Got to the show 15 minutes late. NBC needs to put a repeat of AGT at 8 or put on a better show for a better lead in.

  • tv log

    Will The Olympics have horrible numbers! NBC! American Got Talent is getting horrible ratings because Howard Stern hired! Big Brother should stop copying Survivor! Survivor has done Coaches thing! Unique in Big Brother is gone! Its ratings will pummel! Keep Playmate! Tell player vote Pro wrestler’s son: if Sid Vicious’ son; Frank! Another thing! Did CBS sued Telemundo on its version of Big Brother eleven years ago!

  • Bee

    clearly ABC’s dates are never going to come! their part of the TCA summer tour is next thursday lol

  • bluone

    Big Brother’s numbers will rise like they do every year !! I do wish that they didn’t bring back players again !!

  • RJ

    Final Witness – a series high for the second week in a row!!

  • Kissan

    Random question: Does anybody know when the ABC premiere dates come?

  • Jeff

    Tv Log# The problem is not Howard Stern, he’s a great add on to the show and probably the best judge on it. The problem with AGT is:

    1) The talent has been terrible this season

    2) NBC does not know how to position it in its schedule. You are constantly looking at the TV guide to see if its a new show on or a repeat, not to mention the lead ins to the new shows recently have been bad.

    3) The show is seven seasons long, so there must be fatigue from its harden fans.

  • Fed

    LOL! No one carres about summer TV. Olympics is what everyone is looking out for.

  • Joseph

    Univision won the night in the 18-34 demographic last night (July 18th), and came to within one share point of tying Fox for the 18-49 lead as well.

    Univision’s success has to be the TV story thus far of the Summer.

  • Rizzo

    BB has been amazing on the live feeds this year. The coach twist has made for an epic first week. Sadly the tv show has captured very little of it.

    AGT has to be down due to the horrible talent they got this year. Time to scour youtube for some hidden talent to save the finals.

  • USAmerica1st

    Final Witness should have done better on a rerun heavy night.

  • Tony

    I don’t know why ABC hasn’t announced their premiere dates yet. I mean it’s not rocket science I’m sure they already have all their dates ready. They just have to announce them.

  • rob60990

    ABC at this point is likely to wait until their TCA to announce their premiere dates.

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