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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  • Jon23812

    I don’t understand why some of you guys hate “Oh Sit!” with a burning passion. It’s just a game show. It’s not harming anyone.

  • asm1122

    According to the chart, NBC had most total viewers.

  • Melanie

    Should’ve known on Big Brother, that the others in the Silent Six alliance: Britney, Shane, Danielle and Dan are realizing it was a mistake to trust Boogie and Frank and it now appears they don’t want to work with them anymore. They should’ve kept Janelle and voted Frank out so Boogie can stop being so arrogant. Whomever gets head of household tonight, other than Boogie, needs to get one of them (Frank or Boogie) out of the house once and for all and stop doing all this flip flopping. It is getting annoying. They all need more backbones!

  • Fred

    For CW, OH SIT! is a hit. Wonder how the new music competition NEXT will do for CW?

  • david

    Oh Sit did good last night. Jimmy Kimble talked about the show last night as well. So i hope that helps it go up for to night. and i really hope The Next Fame is at your Door Step does really good.

  • What?

    Wait a minute people would rather watch Oh Sit over the best television series LA Complex? I swear the viewing choices over the last 10 years don’t make any sense.

  • Ultima

    Wait a minute people would rather watch Oh Sit over the best television series LA Complex? I swear the viewing choices over the last 10 years don’t make any sense.

    Having trouble accepting that the vast majority of the population doesn’t share your opinion when it comes to TV entertainment?

    Also, LOL at the bolded part.

  • Zach

    I cannot believe all of these LA Complex fans hating on Oh Sit! The latter did more than twice as good as any episode of the former in total viewers. A .5 isn’t anything to brag about, but for the CW Summer it’s alright. I can see Oh Sit or The Next coming back mid season to replace ANTM between cycles. That’s assuming that one fall drama fails and Cult takes that spot.

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