TV Ratings Wednesday: 'So You Think You Can Dance' & 'Big Brother' Down, 'America's Got Talent' & 'NY Med' Finale Flat

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August 23rd, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.7/5 1.5/5 1.5/5 1.3/4 1.0/3 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.2/4 1.4/5 0.8/3 1.4/5 0.7/3 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.293 4.514 5.738 3.388 3.729 0.934


NBC was the #1 network with adults 18-49, and total viewers.

On NBC,   America's Got Talent scored a 2.3 among adults 18-49 , even with last week.

On FOX, So You Think You Can Dance earned a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, down 17% from last week's 1.8.

On CBS, Big Brother garnered a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating, down 5% from last week's 2.1.

On ABC, the season finale of NY Med scored a 1.0among adults 18-49  matching the performance of the episode that aired Tuesday at 10PM, and down from a 1.3 for the 20/20 repeat that aired in the time period last week.

On the CW, Oh Sit! earned a 0.4 among adult 18-49 rating, down 20% from a 0.5 for last week's premiere.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, August 22, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 CBS Big Brother 2.0/7 5.76
NBC America's Got Talent - R 1.5/5 5.58
FOX So You Think You Can Dance (8-10PM) 1.5/5 4.51
ABC The Middle - R 1.1/4 4.12
CW Oh Sit! 0.4/1 1.16
8:30 ABC Suburgatory - R 0.9/3 3.30
9:00 NBC America's Got Talent 2.3/7 8.74
CBS Criminal Minds - R 1.3/4 5.80
ABC Modern Family - R 1.2/4 3.50
CW The Next - R 0.3/1 0.71
9:30 ABC Suburgatory - R 1.0/3 2.64
10:00 NBC Law & Order: SVU -R 1.3/4 4.56
CBS CSI - R 1.1/3 5.65
ABC NY Med (Finale) 1.0/3 4.41

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

  • 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," 2.1/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.8/7; 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,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.5/2; "Nightline," 0.8/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.0/3 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2 with an encore).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 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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  • Dennis

    Oh Sit is a beast


  • r0ckmypants

    Assuming this will be the last season of SYTYCD…

  • Jay

    SVU was a repeat right?

  • Tia

    Series low for SYTYCD! I love the show but it’s unwatchable this year, I think it’s time to pull the plug.

  • Hod

    “Oh Sit!” performs better than “The Next” and “The LA Comples” and even averages Ringer’s spring ratings. WOW. Just WOW. Don’t care about Ringer anyway.

  • John A

    Repeat of SVU wasnt too far behind a new Grimm.

  • rob60990

    A cheap reality show in August pulling the same ratings as Nikita during the regular season. LOL. :D

    The Middle repeated pretty well, beating Modern Family in viewers and only a tenth away from it in the demo. Suburgatory isn’t looking all that great as it was last week losing to The Middle.

  • John A

    SYTYCD is doing awful. Consistantly below a 2.0.

  • rob60990

    I’m sure Grimm would benefit too from a 2.3 lead-in instead of a 1.2.

  • tv log

    Oh Sit must get better ratings than ABC Duet and The Glass House in 18 – 49 year demographics to be successful!

  • John A

    I dont know Grimm probably would do alot better than the 1.7 no matter the lead in.

  • CWtvWatch

    I am confused with Oh Sit!’s ratings. It is probably the least interesting show on the network, yet has somehow managed to be its top rated summer performer with only two airings. I did not even see much promotion other than on the CW itself. The CW needs to figure out why people are tuning in for this show and try to replicate it next summer. The Next repeated pretty well so hopefully tonight’s new episode will grow, its actually a decent show with some real talent.

  • Mon

    The Middle is the kind of comedy that won’t run out of good family stories. I hope it stays for atleast 10 seasons!

  • John A

    CW have shows that are boring. It really is that simple why no one watches the network.

  • rob60990

    “Oh Sit must get better ratings than ABC Duet and The Glass House in 18 – 49 year demographics to be successful!”

    The Glass House maybe but Duets never went below a 1.0 while CW in the regular season, everything did except Vampire Diaries.

  • K

    Who really cares about these shows, be it Oh Sit, SYTYCD, etc? The best
    shows are on cable anyway

  • Ricky

    Too bad BB went down…looks like Boogie’s going home tomorrow! Unless Jenn manages to alienate too many people, which I doubt.

  • CrimTV

    Lool, I’m really happy for the CW!

  • Michael

    each week a new “all-time low” for SYTYCD. 4.5 million losing to a REPEAT of AGT —- Ouch!

    Insta-poll: Will SYTYCD be cancelled after another disastrous season?

  • Dennis

    Grimm Would’ve easily cracked a 2.0 with AGT as a lead in this week.
    I was very impressed to see Grimm get a 1.7 with SAS as a lead on Monday

    I’m really looking forward to seeing what sort of a boost The Voice premiere gives GRIMM

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