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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

 

Scoreboard FOX NBC UNI CBS ABC CW
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

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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
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8:30PM ABC Suburgatory -R 1.0 3 3.059
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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
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9:30PM ABC Suburgatory -R 1.2 3 2.922
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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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  • tomsman

    RG-X

    “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!”

    Agreed. As soon as they said they were going off for a couple weeks, that was it – delete from dvr list.

  • Michael

    WOW!!!! SYTYCD “steady????” 4.7 million is the lowest viewership in the eight year history of the show! A 1.7 rating with record low viewers is not steady.

  • Michael

    Wait, I believe “Oh Sit” is the first successful reality show for the CW!!! :o

  • were123

    Wow, the CW finally pulled off a 0.5! Their summer schedule has been awful, but this might a bit of a bright spot for them… if it holds, of course

  • MattM

    Big Brother is still around? Who watches this stuff?

  • Kavyn

    This season’s Big Brother cast is great. It’s the show itself that’s just terrible. There hasn’t been a unique competition since season 10 or 11, everything is just repeats of what they’ve done before. I mean at LEAST take inspiration from some of the much older competitions, I’m sure you could easily make those look fresh again.

    Not to mention the horribly scripted DRs. My God, the only people that have genuine things to say are Brit and Wil. Boogie takes advantage of the DRs for comedy and that’s also refreshing. Everyone else is just describing the scene they’re showing at the moment, it’s lame. DRs are supposed to be for the HGs to vent and let the viewers know how they feel, not for them to read lines off a script.

    Grodner needs to be fired. She’s taken a show that was once great and took a huge dump on it. Casting needs to get more entertaining people that aren’t looking for a future on tv. I want to see more fans of the GAME (not the show) on there. The only newbies playing the game are Wil and Frank, and even then you could say Frank is just doing whatever Boogie wants (which he is).

    Can’t wait for BB Canada, hoping it isn’t as bad as this trainwreck of a show. Also to those of you hating Glass House, I’d recommend you watch it just for their competitions. The competitions look a million times better and more fun than those from recent Big Brother years. The cast is also comprised of many people that just want to play the game. Only Apollo, Gene and Joy seem to be there for publicity.

  • RyanCanada

    How are there so many people tuning into Oh sit, but no LA Complex? i dont do reality anymore, unless its Xfactor

  • D

    Oh Sit! averaged TSC’s spring ratings. Well Done CW!

  • Percysowner

    It’s probably just a rounding issue but zap2it has Supernatural 675,000, 0.4/1, instead of .3.

  • David Howell

    Looks like ABC made the right call not sticking a freshman show in the 9:30 slot. Suburgatory now very much on track to be a show that at least does decent syndication business for the network.

    Oh Sit! probably got a lot of curious viewers anticipating a hilarious trainwreck from the title alone. Hey, it’s probably all the network has left. Even if it settles at a 0.4 I think it winds up returning midseason to replace whichever scripted show is failing even more epically than the others.

  • Dillan

    More people watched Oh Sit! than The LA Complex? Oh dear.

  • Jeffery

    Big Brother is HORRIBLE this year. The ratings only went up because Olympics are over, and they’re still below last year. I’m sure the ratings will start to fall again next week.

  • Austin Lauran

    Recently, I’ve wondered why Modern Family gets more attention than The Middle. Is it because Modern Family’s the better show? Can anybody tell me why?

    A lot people who go on this site have seen the ratings for both shows and they know that Modern Family has better ratings than The Middle.

    Do you think that Modern Family will get a 7.0 or more in the 18-49 demo for its season premiere? I know for sure that it got a 6.0 for its season 3 premiere last year.

    Is it possible for Modern Family and The Middle to beat NCIS and NCIS: LA as the highest rated AKA most watched scripted shows on TV? Also, do you think it’s possible for Modern Family and The Middle to get 17-19 million viewers per episode like NCIS? Does anybody think that they can do that or not?

  • JD

    I hope Oh Sit! goes down…networks shouldn’t be rewarded for airing crap like that. Though to be fair, audiences are apparently imbeciles…LA Complex is brilliant but gets half the audience.

  • Ultima

    @Michael
    WOW!!!! SYTYCD “steady????” 4.7 million is the lowest viewership in the eight year history of the show! A 1.7 rating with record low viewers is not steady.

    You must be new here. Total viewers don’t matter. SYTYCD’s last episode was a 1.7 and last night’s was a 1.7; those two numbers are the same, therefore it was “steady.”

  • silvit

    @Austin Lauran

    No, but they don’t have to. NCIS and NCIS La have the big majority of their viewers old, extremely old. Something that doesn’t happen with the 2 sit-coms. No show, not even NCIS needs this old viewers in the tv world. They simply don’t matter.

  • Ultima

    @Austin Lauran
    Recently, I’ve wondered why Modern Family gets more attention than The Middle

    Modern Family is significantly more popular than The Middle, so it gets more attention. If you’re asking why it’s more popular, who knows.

    Is it possible for Modern Family and The Middle to beat NCIS and NCIS: LA as the highest rated AKA most watched scripted shows on TV? Also, do you think it’s possible for Modern Family and The Middle to get 17-19 million viewers per episode like NCIS?

    Absolutely not. There’s basically no chance that NCIS will have a higher rating than Modern Family, but at the same time, there’s basically no chance that Modern Family will have more total viewers than NCIS.

    highest rated AKA most watched

    Around here, those do not mean the same thing. Rating/rated refers to Adults 18-49, most watched refers to total viewers.

  • Ultima

    @RyanCanada
    How are there so many people tuning into Oh sit, but no LA Complex?

    Maybe because twenty-somethings living in Los Angeles doesn’t appeal to that many people and isn’t anything new or special, while an extreme musical chairs gameshow might be silly, it’s at least different.

  • deee

    As a fan and regular watcher of LAComplex, Oh Sit’s premiere’s number makes me upset! I think I am going to shed a tear.

    Watched it for 30 mins and had to switch to another show…I imagine the people who watch Oh Sit look and act like that family from the Honey Boo Boo show on TLC.

  • rob60990

    “It’s probably just a rounding issue but zap2it has Supernatural 675,000, 0.4/1, instead of .3.”

    zap2it posts the household ratings, not the 18-49. Supernatural had a .3 in both half hours.

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