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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  • Networkman

    I agree ABC is waiting until TCA to announce premiere dates as well as cast for DWTS all-star season. So we all have something to look forward to next week. Anyways, I feel ABC should be pleased with Final Witness. It has been consistent, even growing viewers out of Modern Family. It has strong competition, going against Law & Order:SVU which follows AGT and the well establish CSI following a strong Criminal Minds.

  • hardline_pro

    What’s going on with AGT?

  • Lance

    BB, SYTYCD & AGT – all unimpressive.

  • CarShark


    I think you’re absolutely right that the genre’s far from dead. It’s just the cyclical nature of TV. Comedies are on the upswing. Dramas are plateauing (except for FOX, where they’re cratering). The only difference I can see is that the studios, whether owned by major networks and third-parties, are focusing more on syndication. Reality doesn’t repeat especially well, so you won’t see a show getting dragged along for a couple years like The Good Wife.

  • Anthony

    Its funny how betty white’s show beat out the middle, suburgatory, and up all night in the demo and total viewers and beat modern family in total viewers, have a feeling that show would have down amazing if it wasn’t pinned against American Idol, but the show even pulled out decent numbers for competing with Idol on wed at 8pm and especially for NBC. NBC should definitely consider giving Off Their Rockers a better time slot because NBC has a good chance of winning that half an hour Rockers is in and the shows shows great potential to be a hit!

  • rick

    CBS runs repeats in the summer. The other nets would dump “reality” and run repeats as well, IF they had shows worth repeating.

  • Hugh

    Carson doubled Ferguson! First time ever? For a night where NBC hasnt had unusually high primetime #s

  • talbet

    Seriously , AGT has terrible talent. Nothing memorable at all. You have to put a lot of that blame on the format but a lot of the blame goes to the judges who let these people through and didn’t let certain others through.

  • a p garcia

    I wouldn’t doubt it if AGT’s drop is related to NBC showing it on every night they can fit it!!!!!!!

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