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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  • DTV

    Big Brother was EXCELLENT last night!

  • Dennis


    It’s summer
    Touch isn’t back until October

    It’s a decent show but the 2 part finale saved it imo
    I was gona dump it but season 2 looks interesting

  • Potato

    @KS– I liked the first three episodes a lot. But the next three were so bad they drove me away from the show. It’s weird how quickly it turned, it was like Heroes on fast forward :p I only bother bringing it up because I think the first 3 episodes are available on Hulu right now so I’d say definitely watch them.

  • Noelle

    I wasn’t able to watch AGT last night because Big Brother got bumped to 9:00.

  • Kaylie

    Oh Sit is doing so well. Happy for it!

  • Martin

    Yeah, the pre-emptions make sense. The CW seemed unusually high, when was the last time a scripted show repeat got over a million, maybe TVD but that about it.

    Wonder will the demo for Oh Sit be adjusted down.

  • Joseph

    Fox News Channel drew more convention viewers than any other cable or broadcast network carrying coverage last night (August 29th), for the second night in a row.

    But among broadcast networks, NBC again dominated.

    The network will probably claim it was due to Brian Williams, but I think in reality, it might be due to the popular lead-in, “America’s Got Talent”.

  • Nick

    oh Sit was not a premiere…

  • bob

    Big Brother might have just had their best episode in 14 years of being on TV. Last night was the bomb. Holy Cow!!! I am still shocked by how incredible the show was.

  • Michael

    I actually felt really bad for Danielle. You can tell, she really cares deeply about Dan as a friend, of course. Wow, after last night’s shocking revelation Dan is a contender for being one of the best players ever in Big Brother History!

  • Grandano

    Chicago White Sox were on The CW/WGN last night so expect a drop.

    It’s funny though b/c the highest rated program on The CW last week was the programs airing on their new Saturday morning block and just like it was the first two years of the network it was the WWE. The CW needs to look back into getting Smackdown or a different program back into prime time.

  • Networkman

    I agree that Dan is one sick/weird dude but he does make for interesting TV. He is willing to win at all cost. So now I would love to see Dan, Frank, Danielle and Jenn work together. Frank is going to need help. He can not play in the next eligible HOH. I can’t believe how this season turned around from being one of the worse at the beginning to now being this entertaining.

  • Michael

    SYTYCD “up” ????? Literally laughing my ass off. Interesting spin for ANOTHER all time low viewer number. Maybe you should add a teensy weensy bit of depth – at least in the headlines. Something like “SYTYCD continues slow death march” or “SYTYCD hits all time low viewership but rises slightly in 18-49″ ????

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