TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Big Brother' Hits Wednesday High, 'So You Think You Can Dance' & 'America's Got Talent' Up + RNC Coverage

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August 30th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.7/5 1.6/5 1.5/4 1.4/4 1.0/3 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.3/5 1.3/4 1.4/5 1.0/3 0.8/3 0.4/2
Total Viewers (million) 6.485 4.308 3.655 5.006 3.401 1.149


Note:  Due to the live nature of the Republican National Convention coverage as well as local football (on NBC, CBS, and ABC) as well as local weather preemption these time-period based Fast Affiliate Ratings are subject to more than the typical adjustments.

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

On NBC,   America's Got Talent scored a 2.5 rating, up two tenths from last week's 2.3 among adults 18-49.

On FOX, So You Think You Can Dance earned a 1.6, up a tenth from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Big Brother garnered a Wednesday high 2.3 rating, up two tenths from last week's 2.1.

On the CW, Oh Sit! was even with last week's 0.4 18-49 rating.

Coverage of the Republican National Convention earned a 1.3 rating on NBC, a 0.7 on ABC and a 0.6 18-49 rating on CBS. However, these numbers are approximate and subject to more than typical adjustment.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, August 29, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS Big Brother 2.3 7 6.710
FOX So You Think You Can Dance (8-10PM) 1.6 5 4.308
NBC America's Got Talent-R 1.4 5 5.807
ABC The Middle -R 1.0 3 4.197
CW Oh Sit! 0.4 1 1.271
8:30PM ABC Suburgatory -R 1.1 3 3.861
9:00 PM NBC America's Got Talent 2.5 7 9.130
ABC Modern Family -R 1.3 4 3.983
CBS Criminal Minds -R 1.3 4 5.470
CW Supernatural -R 0.3 1 1.027
9:30PM ABC Suburgatory -R 1.1 3 3.161
10:00PM NBC Republican National Convention 1.3 4 4.517
ABC Republican National Convention 0.7 2 2.602
CBS Republican National Convention 0.6 2 2.840

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.3/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.8/5; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.2/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.1/4 with an encore. 

  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.4/2; "Nightline," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/2 with an encore.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.1/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (0.9/3).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 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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Definitions: Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

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Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • Jeff (Canada)

    Go Big Brother! Dan is The Batman!

  • Dennis

    Oh Sit! is a beast

  • Dennis

    Great repeats for abc.

  • dantas

    Oh Sit! is doing so well. I’m happy for the CW

  • Jeff R

    Big Brother is going to be epic tonight! Hopefully it’ll see a season high in the demo!

  • Jake

    Oh Sit…. I mean OMG just a breath of fresh air.

  • Sid

    I wish Oh Sit had a better title so that it can be taken more serious. It’s not all that bad and it’s CW’s best new Summer show.

  • SG

    Somehow please keep Britney! #BB14

  • Joseph

    Great numbers for Big Brother ,
    Ratings for So You Think You Can Dance , are okay , but really wish they would treat Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer , like they do the other dancers rather then try and make sure he gets to the end to help with the shows black demographic.

  • Dennis

    Does anyone think SYTYCD ratings have been bad this season because of the Olympics? Didn’t it go on a break or something?

    I don’t watch it but it has usually done alot better then this

  • Ethan

    Turning out to be an excellent season of Big Brother. The show is still going very strong indeed.

  • Jay

    Why didn’t NBC screen the Paralympics Opening Ceremony?

  • Jon

    AGT did not air in several major markets last night including NYC and Long Island. (Giants vs Patriots)
    So AGT ratings are mixed with football game ratings???

  • GARebelman

    With such a stupid name like “Oh sit!” I’m surprised people even took it seriously.

  • K

    Best ep of Big Brother so far.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    Lots of local NFL pre-emptions last night, expect adjustments. Fans may wish to hold off on celebrating the fast affiliate ratings until the finals this afternoon.

    New England @ NY Giants – 7:00 PM ET – NFL Network
    Patriots broadcast:
    (Don Criqui, Randy Cross)
    WBZ 4 (CBS; Boston)
    WMUR 9 (ABC; Manchester NH)
    WCTX 9 (MyTV; Hartford)
    WNAC 64.2 (MyTV; Providence)*
    *Cox 811; FiOS 14
    WWLP 22 (NBC; Springfield MA)
    WMTW 8 (ABC; Portland ME)
    WVII 7 (ABC; Bangor ME)
    WVNY 22 (ABC; Burlington VT)
    KFVE 5 (MyTV; Honolulu) Giants broadcast:
    (Bob Papa, Carl Banks)
    WNBC 4 (NBC; New York)
    WNYT 13 (NBC; Albany)
    WSTM 3 (NBC; Syracuse)
    WICZ 40 (FOX; Binghamton)
    WCCT 20 (CW; Hartford)
    Tampa Bay @ Washington – 7:00 PM ET
    Bucs broadcast:
    (Chris Myers, John Lynch)
    WTSP 10 (CBS; Tampa)
    WFTV 9 (ABC; Orlando)
    WFTX 4 (FOX; Fort Myers)
    WTLH 49 (FOX; Tallahassee) Redskins broadcast:
    (Kenny Albert, Joe Theismann)
    Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic
    WRC 4 (NBC; Washington)
    WTKR 3 (CBS; Norfolk)
    WRIC 8 (ABC; Richmond)
    WSLS 10 (NBC; Roanoke)
    WVIR 29 (NBC; Charlottesville)

    Miami @ Dallas – 8:30 PM ET
    Dolphins broadcast:
    (Dick Stockton, Brian Griese, Nat Moore)
    WBFS 33 (MyTV; Miami)
    WTVX 34 (CW; West Palm Beach)
    WZVN 7 (ABC; Fort Myers)
    WRDQ 27 (Orlando) Cowboys broadcast:
    (Bill Jones, Babe Laufenberg)
    KTXA 21 (Dallas)
    KMYS 35 (MyTV; San Antonio)
    KEYE 42 (CBS; Austin)
    KWKT 44 (FOX; Waco)
    KJTL 18 (FOX; Wichita Falls TX)
    KTEN 10.3 (ABC; Sherman TX)
    KFXK 51 (FOX; Tyler TX)
    KBTV 4 (FOX; Beaumont)
    KVCT 19 (FOX; Victoria TX)
    KRIS 6 (NBC; Corpus Christi)
    KRGV 5 (ABC; Harlingen)
    KVTV 13 (CBS; Laredo)
    KSAN 3 (NBC; San Angelo)
    KRBC 9 (NBC; Abilene)
    KWES 9 (NBC; Odessa)
    KMYL 14 (MyTV; Lubbock)
    KCIT 14 (FOX; Amarillo)
    KFOX 14 (FOX; El Paso)
    KOCB 34 (CW; Oklahoma City)
    KQCW 12 (CW; Tulsa)
    KARZ 42 (MyTV; Little Rock)
    KFTA 24 (FOX; Fayetteville AR)
    KTAL 6 (NBC; Shreveport LA)
    KARD 14 (FOX; Monroe LA)
    KASY 50 (MyTV; Albuquerque)

  • John A

    At least people are calming down about oh sit lol. Celebrating that 0.4 is a bit sad.

  • Andyº

    Oh Sit! is a beast on the netlet because Ringer had a 0.4 rating during the spring. Meanwhile, everyone believed Oh Sit! was going to crash and burn while The Next would even get higher ratings than TVD. I guess we all were wrong.

  • KS

    Off – Topic:

    What has happened to Touch. No one talks about it. Would anyone advise me to watch it?

  • MJDB

    In New York, they didn’t air it on the main NBC, due to football so instead they aired it on a secondary affiliate (NBCNY Channel 109 for Cablevision). I had to go fishing for it.

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