TV Ratings Wednesday: 'So You Think You Can Dance' and 'America's Got Talent' Steady, 'Big Brother' Hits a New High + Premiere Ratings for 'Oh Sit!'

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August 16th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.7/5 1.6/5 1.5/4 1.4/4 1.2/5 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.6/6 1.3/5 1.6/5 0.8/3 1.0/3 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 4.720 6.164 3.431 5.549 3.619 0.967


FOX was the #1 network with adults 18-49, but CBS notched victory with total viewers.

On NBC,  the Wednesday return of America's Got Talent earned a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, flat with its last Wednesday original.

On CBS, Big Brother earned a 2.1 18-49 rating, up two tenths from last week's 1.9, and a new high for the season on a Wednesday.

On FOX, So You Think You Can Dance returned from hiatus to earn a 1.7, even with its last original three weeks ago.

The CW premiered new musical chairs competition series Oh Sit! to a 0.5 18-49 rating, and was the highest rated original of the summer for the network.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, August 15, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS Big Brother 2.1 7 5.830
FOX So You Think You Can Dance (8-10PM) 1.7 5 4.720
NBC America's Got Talent-R 1.3 4 5.474
ABC The Middle -R 1.0 4 3.821
CW Oh Sit! -P 0.5 2 1.259
8:30PM ABC Suburgatory -R 1.0 3 3.059
9:00 PM NBC America's Got Talent 2.2 6 8.334
ABC Modern Family -R 1.3 4 3.654
CBS Criminal Minds -R 1.2 3 5.389
CW Supernatural -R 0.3 1 0.675
9:30PM ABC Suburgatory -R 1.2 3 2.922
10:00PM ABC 20/20 -R 1.3 4 4.128
NBC Law & Order: SVU -R 1.3 4 4.684
CBS CSI -R 1.0 3 5.432

NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.
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  • John A

    Been a while since CW has been this high.

  • NYCLuVer

    whoa!!!! a 0.5 for oh sit!

  • KS

    Too bad Supernatural dropped down to 0.3. I was expecting 0.4. :(

  • Dennis

    Oh Sit! is a BEAST!!!!!!!


  • sue

    I’m surprised one person watched Oh Sit.

  • Joel

    Oh Sit! is kinda a hit! (:

  • Dennis

    Oh Sit is the hit the cw have been waiting for :)

  • LLL

    Not too shabby for Oh Sit.

  • BH

    Oh Sit! is The CW’s highest rated series so far this summer!

  • charmedcraft

    I watched maybe 15 minutes of Oh Sit! and I was done. It’s not cool how they knock each down to get to the front. That jerk was elbowing and throwing the females down to the ground hard; one girl almost got kicked in the head. I will not be watching anymore.

  • Brandy

    I’m shocked at Ohsit ratings, I didn’t expect it get above a 0.3 at most with less than a million viewers.Hopefully it goes down from here and gets adjusted down.This makes me wonder how the also awful looking Next will do tonight and if OhSit will hold these numbers.

  • Douglas from Brazil

    Good ratings for reruns of ABC comedy block it’s way better than NBC originals comedies!

  • Dana

    hope big brother only continues to go up. its not a bad season

  • John A

    Oh Sit will drop to 0.3 next week. Obviously wont stay that high.

  • Aerilyn

    Oh Sit! premiered with some surprising results. I mean sure they aren’t HUGE, but for the CW and over the summer, these are the biggest numbers they’ve gotten! I think The Next might do alright for them too.

    ALSO! Why is no one talking about the great retention Suburgatory held from its Modern Family lead in? This is the first time it has aired behind it in preps for its new slot starting October and I think it did really well. ABC are probably happy about that and hoping to see this transition over into the Fall/Spring results as well.

  • Sid

    All of you are unbelievable! Before you say something good, here you are wishing a show nothing but bad ratings. How old are you people?!

    The only reason CW is trying out shows like Oh Sit and The Next is so that they can use them to promote their upcoming Fall shows.

  • Jake

    Oh Sit is a Masterpiece!! I was just so.. blown away I..I… can’t talk about it to much emotions.

  • Dennis

    Oh Sit! changed my life <3

  • OMG


    True! The retention of Suburgatory (even though it is a repeat) from Modern Family is outstanding, and it may be a sign that they are actually quite compatible with each other. And I also noticed ABC aligning their repeats with the new timeslots just recently. Good that Big Brother went up, though it was down quite a bit from last season. Can’t be helped, the ones controlling the game are unlikeable, the likeable ones are getting picked off, and the floaters are just meh. There is something very odd about the house dynamics this season which is off. On a side note, Oh Sit! premiered quite well. Anything that is not DOA for CW is considered decent.

  • DonnaT

    Oh Sit! was surprisingly good – not at all what I expected; the two main hosts were kinda lame but the one in the “trenches” was good and energetic. The music was great too, I guess future episodes will feature other guest musicians.

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