TV Ratings Wednesday: ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Dips, ‘Big Brother’ Hits Season Low, & ‘America’s Got Talent’ Rises


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.7/5 1.6/5 1.5/5 1.4/4 1.1/3 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.6/6 1.1/4 1.5/5 0.9/3 0.8/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 5.107 6.095 3.613 5.544 3.732 0.862

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

On FOX, So You Think You Can Dance earned a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating, down a tenth from last week’s 1.8.

On NBC, America’s Got Talent scored a 2.2 among adults 18-49, up two tenths from last week’s 2.0 rating. At 8PM. the special The CLIOS: World’s Best Commercials garnered a 1.2 adults 18-49 PM. At 10PM, Jimmy Fallon’s Primetime Music Special earned a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Big Brother hit a season low 1.9  among adults 18-49,down a tenth from last week’s 2.0.

On ABC,  Final Witness scored a 1.0 among adults 18-49, down two tenths from last week’s  1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, July 25 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS Big Brother 1.9 7 5.674
FOX So You Think You Can Dance (8-10PM) 1.7 5 5.107
NBC CLIOS: Best Commercials 1.2 4 4.880
ABC The Middle -R 0.9 3 3.752
CW Supernatural -R 0.3 1 0.933
8:30PM ABC Suburgatory -R 0.8 3 3.119
9:00 PM NBC America’s Got Talent 2.2 6 8.696
ABC Modern Family -R 1.3 4 3.119
CBS Criminal Minds -R 1.1 3 4.94
CW Supernatural -R 0.3 1 0.792
9:30PM ABC Modern Family -R 1.5 4 3.988
10:00PM NBC Jimmy Fallon’s Primetime Music Special 1.6 5 4.708
CBS CSI -R 1.2 4 6.012
ABC Final Witness 1.0 3 3.902

Late Night results (via press note from NBC):

* 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,” 2.9/7; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.3/4.

* 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,” 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” (1.1/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.3/2).

* At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 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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