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

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July 26th, 2012


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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  • Lukas

    congratulations for FOX

  • tobias

    awsome numbers for supernatual !!!!!!:)

  • Mark

    Those are great numbers for the Jimmy Fallon special. Much bigger than his typical audience.

  • Joseph

    Nice numbers for BB & Dance ,
    But anyone here check out the article on Adage about Commercial Ratings ,
    The top 3 shows where commercials are watched ,
    American Idol
    Big Bang Theory
    and , Person of Interest ,
    another notable shows that might surprise some
    Blue Bloods which has the highest Friday numbers and beats almost all of the shows during the week.

  • Elle

    Great numbers for Supernatural since there really wasn’t any promotion on the move to Wednesday, I believe.

  • KS: Brotherly Love is The Centre of Supernatural Universe and No Galileo Can Prove It Wrong

    Similar numbers for Supernatural on Wednesday and Friday. I hope Supernatural hits at least a 1.0 next season.

  • Kaylie

    Expect AGT numbers to fall next week. There were a lot of disappointed Bieber fans on Twitter. Lol :)

  • John A

    No differance with SPN and ANTM for CW. Still good for SPN.

  • Joseph

    OMFG ,,, Big Brother 14 Spoilers: Willie Hantz ARRESTED For DUI!
    Just days after Willie Hantz was expelled from the Big Brother house for attempting to head butt fellow house guest Joe Arvin, he was arrested for driving while intoxicated in Lafayette Parish in Louisiana. After he was expelled from the house a video was released where he did a phone interview
    with his family where he told his side of the story about what he says really happened. During the altercation Willie threw pork rinds at Janelle which Ian plans to sell on ebay. As of right now, Willie is still being held in custody.

  • Nick

    I think this was the first time ever I watched NBC all night. ;-)

    Final Witness may still come back. At this rate, it’s still ABC’s highest-rated new reality (except for NY Med, which seems to be a miniseries).

  • Joseph

    WILLIE HANTZ – TMZ Article

    1:40 PM PT — Willie has been released from custody on $750 bond.

    Willie’s brother, Russell, has since tweeted a CONGRATULATORY message to Willie … writing, “Youre not famous until you have a mug shot congrats Willie @HantzBB lol”

    11:17 AM PT — The Lafayette City Police Department tells TMZ … cops initially received a call about a fight in a parking lot near a bunch of bars.

    When cops arrived, there was no fight … but there WAS a big crowd. Cops tried to clear the scene … when they noticed a yellow 2012 Camaro driving toward the back of the parking lot when everybody else was exiting.

    Cops say they approached the vehicle … but before they could get there, Willie swung open the door and started to run. After a “very short pursuit” … Hantz was apprehended and arrested for OWI.

    We’re told Hantz refused a breathalyzer and a blood test to determine if he was over the legal limit.

    “Big Brother” villain Willie Hantz was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving this morning … just DAYS after he was kicked out of the “BB” house for attacking one of his co-stars.

    According to law enforcement, Hantz was arrested in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana at 2:07 AM for OWI — operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Hantz is from Louisiana.

    Hantz was kicked out of the BB house on July 20 after attempting to headbutt Joe during a heated exchange.

    In his mug shot, 34-year-old Hantz is still sporting the mohawk haircut he gave himself while inside the “Big Brother” house.

    Hantz is the younger brother of “Survivor” villain Russell Hantz.

    Hantz is still in custody.

    Story developing …

  • Nick

    This site already posted about that, and it has nothing to do with Adults 18-49 ratings, so it doesn’t really matter.

  • Androme

    Kaylie, I don’t think AGT is on next week. Olympics?

  • Nick

    I’m talking about the AdAge article, not the BB spoilers.

  • Joseph

    @Nick , did not see the info here that was on Adage , was looking to see what was going on at the agencies via Adage and saw the piece :)

  • Baqinardo

    There’ll be no AGT for the next 3 weeks.

  • Michael

    That’s a new all-time low for a regular episode of SYTYCD, right?

    Genius move for FOX to cancel the SYTYCD results show (which was hosted by Cat Deeley and averaged over 6M viewers) and replace it with cheesy dating shows (one of which is ironically hosted by Cat Deeley and averages a pathetic 3M viewers). The dumb decision is accelerating SYTYCD’s steep descent and hurting Fox’ overall average. Anyone know who made that genius decision?

  • glover

    Good numbers for Supernatural repeats.

    I really wish every new show to be a hit so they can finally end Supernatural. I miss the time when I used to love this show and couldn’t wait for a new episode. I hope it gets a great final season to honor the perfect first four.

  • tobias

    where are the cable ratings

  • bryan

    BB is as good as its ever been. People should really tune in. There is a lot of things going on and its really hard to see where any of its going. Cant see the point in getting rid of all of dans players though. They were never really a threat. Should have gotten a better player out first!

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