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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  • Lance

    Nice to see BB is sliding. Worst of all of the returning network reality shows. After all these years, it has never been the summer sensation it has been pushed to be so why does it keep coming back? Who wants to watch a bunch of never-was-wannabes who are not acting like their real selves and just trying to get some attention for themselves by pretending to be a bunch of fools in front of the cameras for a few weeks, then are just as quickly forgotten. No one from this show has ever gone on to any kind of meaningful success or real name recognition, which to me says it all. At least a few of the contestants from Survivor, The Bachelor or The Apprentice (which IMO are all trash TV as well) have become famous enough that almost everyone can name a few of them, unlike the forgettable publicity seekers that have appeared so far on BB. Not to mention that phony so-called hostess Mrs. “I’m married to the Boss” Moonves. Yuck! Even the commercials this season make me switch the channel. Hopefully it will continue to fall.

  • Kavyn

    Big Brother Feeds are great this season (at least before Willie left they were). They’re somewhat boring now but the coaches are trying their best to entertain us as much as possible with game talk and strategy. Janelle was trying to get Danielle to fight with JoJo, and she egged Joe on when he wanted to confront JoJo too.

    The show however is just terrible. The editing is like they take the scene and butcher it. That Willie confrontation had the feeds down for four hours and he did WAY more than what they showed, yet totally screwed us so that we could instead watch CBS try and start two shomances that have no chance in hell.

    So all-in-all, the cast is one of the best, but the editing on the show keeps dropping. If you’re a BB fan I’d really recommend you get the feeds.

  • thesnowleopard

    Wow, those are good numbers for Supernatural. Hey, they’re good for the CW this summer, period. Not bad at all for a double-bill switchover.

    Or you could just watch something else. Not that that precludes other shows on the CW doing well, but even if every new CW show were a hit, SPN’s not likely to be going anywhere.

  • Jana

    yeah don´t understand why some people wish shows to end they don´t like anymore they can just switch the channel why are they so selfish,
    I am still loving the show

  • tomsman

    We have watched every season of SYTYCD (except season 1 since we didn’t know it existed) and have been to see 2 of the tours. However, this weekend we decided to stop watching for good. The changes are completely ridiculous and jerk both the audience and the poor dancers around. As always, the dancing and choreography is great, but there are so many things this season that are flat out wrong and have me so pissed off at the end of an ep. TWO week break – already?! On once a week, but only 2 hours to vote? No dancing for your life? Elimination the same day of dancing for the following week’s elimination? Dancer’s possibly cut less than five minutes after their big routine? Opening judging to choreographers among others? We feel awful for these poor kids. Yes, they are finally having guy and girl winners, which is so awesome and long overdue – but good grief. We thought the “extra” season (6?) was bad. Many people I know feel this way about this season, but so far, we are the only ones to walk away. It is not the show it used to be. :-( We walked away from Revenge – which we LOVED – not because of the quality, but because of the way ABC handled the show and its viewers. Nothing different here with SYTYCD. It sux, but there you have it.

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