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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  • OMG

    *likable *unlikable

  • WB

    Oh Sit did quite well. But I think If The CW would have promoted the hell out of it, It would have scored at least 1.0.

  • Kaylie

    Oh Sit did really well! Im sure The Next will do much better. Especially with the fan power of a Jonas being on the panel.

  • Christian

    There’s another new episode of “Oh Sit!” tonight leading into The Next. Let’s see how well it holds up.

    Kinda sad how a 2.1 is a season high for Big Brother (W). The shows deserves horrible ratings though. This is the third crappy season in a row. Grodner needs to be fired!

    Great retention for Suburgatory. The show isn’t all that good but ABC knows what their audience likes. I wouldn’t be surprised to see The Neighbors do well.

  • KS

    @All Supernatural fans

    Can we call Ecuador, Castiel of all the Countries, for standing up to Archangels?

  • Jon23812

    Oh Sit wasn’t bad. In fact it was good. The CW should put this show somewhere on the 2012 – 2013 television season, instead of summer, so it can get better ratings.

  • TimsDale4ever

    I too wathed a few minutes of SIT and it’s beyond stupid. Why can’t TV create an interesting gameshow anymore?

  • John A

    Didnt realise oh Sit was new again tonigt hope it does well again.

  • RG-X

    I think network TV is now worse than cable ratings – it used to be great when a cable netowrk had 1 million vewers for a show – but their getting more viewers for their shark weeks & original dramas more than network TV is.

    Also I think SYTYCD is on a downward slope- and the new new one-night a week format is TOO confusing –

    Eliminations for last week AFTER perfromances from this week – I couldn’t keep up –

    It doesn’t work & neither do the ratings!

  • Oliver

    I bet Suburgatory will do well out of Modern Family next season, assuming they fix all the problems that plagued the dreadful end to last season.

  • RG-X

    When Big Brother is #1 in its timeslot, you know Network TV has crashed & burned.

  • Potato

    Areilyn– because the site scoffs at both repeat ratings and retention :p

  • Networkman

    @DonnaT, well that was my biggest issue with Oh Sit! The two main hosts are lame. But I do agree the interviewer in the “trenches” is great. I don’t like how the game is setup, with the different amount of money in each chair. And I agree with the poster charmedcraft who stated that it was awful watching men push the women during the course. It just seemed really dangerous to watch the contestant all bunched together and not caring about each other’s safety. I think they should of had just men compete amongst themselves and then a seperate round with women.

  • LMG

    In a world where Oh Sit does this well and LA Complex continues to struggle we are one step closer to Mike Judge’s prophetic Idiocracy.

  • Networkman

    @Oliver, I agree that Suburgatory should do well after Modern Family. It is more compatible with it than The Neighbors. Suburgatory has potential but there are some areas that need tweaking.

  • Michael

    I’m glad “Oh Sit” premiered well for the CW. They seriously need a hit this summer! I also believe, “The Next” is going to premiere well. I predict a .7!

  • rob60990

    A show called Oh Sit was the highest rating show for the CW this summer? Really???

    Suburgatory holding a lot of MF repeat lead-in is a good sign but no guarantee that it will hold a lot of MF audience when both shows are new.

  • Networkman

    @Christian, I agree that Grodner does need to be fired from Big Brother. There seems to be an issue with casting. I don’t like that the veteran players were brought back. But also the new players are not interesting whatsoever. Jenn is such a nonfactor. At times its like she is not even there. They don’t bring nothing to the game. I hate to say it but I miss Willie. Everything seems to be orchestrated as if the producers are deciding the outcome. This was made more evident when they brought the coaches into the game as players.

  • Jared

    The CW should have put a game show(Oh Sit) and a music competition series(The Next) on there schedule a LONG time ago…I mean both concepts are very played out..but viewers still seem to enjoy them.

  • Jared

    I rarely watch the CW..but plan on catching The Next tonight just to see what it is.

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