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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  • cc

    Me too, @Mon.

    The Middle had more viewers then MF, but MF managed to eek out an extra demo point. Go Middle!

  • a p garcia

    I am glad that Howard Stern’s act that should be on MTV’s Jackass has seen it last, AGT will probaly go up now. I hope the guy at FOX that cut SYTYCD down to 1 day making it difficulot to watch, I hope he is now looking for a new job.

  • were123

    Oh Sit looks like a huge hit for The CW

  • sally

    does anyone know why any of people deserves 1 millon dollare on agt . sharon osborn i cant stand

  • Michael

    Wow, seriously congrats to the CW! Looks like they finally have a hit this summer with “Oh Sit.”

  • Tom

    I’m really surprised by the number of daily comments the CW’s programs generate. Guys, these shows are about nothing and have the ratings to prove it. They’re one small step above dead air. Can’t we all just move on?

  • rob60990

    A .4 is far far far from a huge hit but its no disaster either.

  • glover

    I hope The Next grows tonight, this show does not deserve to be canceled.

  • RG-X

    SYTYCD is now lame – one night – elimination + all stars + fianl 10 in one show = too confusing and getting too raunchy – for crying out loud there are 14-16 year olds in the audience.

  • Dennis

    Just found out, HEROES season 5 averaged nearly 7 million viewers.
    NBC will be extremely lucky if any of their new shows average that high

  • Dennis

    ….Volume 5 that should be, not season 5

  • Shenna

    The Middle is one of the few shows on that I watch the repeats and still laugh. Why they never get nominated for anything, I don’t know.

  • Justin

    Leno beat Nightline. What chances do Kimmel have?

  • John A

    Im shocked no one picked on rob60990 Nikita comment. Nikita fans/Bondoel must have taken the day off.

  • Dennis

    @Shenna The Middle is very underrated

  • Jared

    I really liked The Next and hopefully it will grow tonight since people have had the chance to watch it. The repeat last night didn’t do that bad considering its the CW were talking about.

  • Ricky

    @John A: Bondoel and his sock puppet army got banned months ago. :D

    @Dennis: Does RVN stand a chance at averaging that high, in your opinion? I sure think it does.

  • Tessa

    SYTYCD used to be my favorite reality show but I agree that it’s become unwatchable this year. When they start redoing the old routines you know it’s time to pull the plug. And if I hear Mary Murphy say “hot tamale train” one more time I’m going to jump inside my TV and strangle her. Girl should know when to retire a phrase, which should’ve been three seasons ago.

  • Dennis

    I haven’t a clue.
    It’s got The Voice lead in so it should do well.
    I won’t be watching it though, looks dreadful

  • Tessa

    @Dennis:Just found out, HEROES season 5 averaged nearly 7 million viewers.
    NBC will be extremely lucky if any of their new shows average that high.

    Yeah, I’m sure CBS also regrets ending Gunsmoke. Check out its ratings back in the day. I doubt any new show will ever average that high.

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