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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  • Jon23812

    @CWtvWatch, maybe it’s because all of the shows on The CW (except for Supernatural) are aimed towards females, and Oh Sit! is aimed towards both demos.

  • Mark Wilkins

    Good to see a Criminal Minds repeat do better then abc, and SVU won its timeslot with great numbers for a repeat. The lead-in only affects if its a similar target audience. A reality lead-in doesn’t affect a procedural cop drama so Grimm wouldn’t do better then it did on Monday if it had AGT as a lead-in.

  • Joseph A

    Okay , 1st , Most of you peeps need to get on some serious meds.
    as for the Ratings ,,
    Big Brother is solid as ever and will probably get a .1 bump as it does most weeks.
    So You Think You Can Dance , was good even if the ratings took a hit , I don’t watch AGT but again solid ratings , IF , you take into consideration that a lot of local stations were running Baseball last night. Here in the Bay Area NBC was showing the Giants vs Dodgers game.

  • Tessa


    You think Nikita is aimed toward females? Damn, they need more hot guys on that show then.

  • John A

    @Rickey Bondoel came back since then.

  • Michael

    Did you guys read early reviews of the new CW’s line-up? Critics are loving “Arrow” and “Carrie Diaries” is getting mixed reviews, but mostly positive.

    – Cult
    – Emily Owens, M.D.
    – Beauty and the Beast

    Are all receiving negative reviews! These shows might struggle in the ratings department.

  • Freyja


    Not really because last year critics were raving about Ringer ;) and well we see how that wound up. They also panned Heart of Dixie and TSC but Heart of Dixie won the renewal battle… That was the dark horse in the running last year.

  • Jon23812

    @Tessa, Sorry, I should have said ‘most shows’.

  • John A

    Ringer didnt get great reviews. The pilot did but the rest of the series was bad to them.

  • Kaylie

    Im so happy for the CW!!! Hopefully The Next at least gets 1 million viewers.

    AGT fell pretty hard this summer.

  • RyanCanada

    how does the middle have more viewers then modern family? doesnt that seem strange? they are repeating offtley well.

  • KS

    So, There is no repeat of Supernatural this week?

  • Julie


    No, there isn’t.

  • r0ckmypants

    @Dennis – That’s incredible! Especially since Heroes only lasted 4 seasons…

  • thesnowleopard

    Well, that and even if the CW gets one new TVD-level ratings hit, the network will be pretty happy.

  • Networkman

    @Tia, if you love SYTYCD, I would like to know, why has this year has been unwatchable?

    I do feel that it is time for SYTYCD to be revamp. After the show started to get really get recognized by the Emmys, I feel those involved starting to feed into their own hype/success. Personally, I don’t find Cat Deeley as appealing as in previous seasons and feel she should be replaced. I also would like Nigel to step down as judge. In my opinion, it just needs new life brought to the show. It needs something fresh. But tell me why people may have stopped watching all this great dancing.

  • Networkman

    @Dennis, I do believe Revolution will average 7 million viewers. It is following The Voice and many people seem interested. With this amount of viewers, it would still place the show in 3rd place during the 10pm hour. Also I feel Go On will be a moderate success for NBC. They will try and make this show work, especially with 30 Rock and The Office leaving at the end of the season. NBC acquired so many comedy pilots hoping something sticks.

  • tomsman


    We stopped watching SYTYCD because they’ve destroyed it and I don’t rubberneck accidents. The dancing this season is extraordinary, but they have jerked these kids around with insane and confusing format changes and work them into the ground. They dance routines for the following week, yet you get a whopping 2 hours to call. Its cruel. Some are told they are the one to beat and and then get cut 5 minutes later on the same night. What’s worse is when they say it they already know who is going home. Including choreographers in the judging makes Nigel & Mary not have to shoulder the full responsibility. Now, not only do the dancers have to please the judges but kiss the choreographer’s butts as well. This “saving” dancers is bs also. Other than 15 year olds, who are they trying to kid?Dancers get “cut.” If they want these dancers to go one to better things – call it what it is and stop trying to make yourselves look like they are just the messengers. Please. I’ve watched since season 2 and caught 2 tours. We are big fans, but we have put our feet down. The two week break here, back gain, two weeks bs didn’t help…

  • Steve

    SYTYCD shot themselves in the foot with last week’s tribute episode to the pretentious Mia Michaels.

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