Wednesday Final Ratings: 'So You Think You Can Dance' Adjusted Up Plus Final Football & DNC Day 2 Numbers

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September 6th, 2012


So You Think You Can Dance was adjusted up a tenthversus the preliminary Wednesday broadcast ratings.  Also find the final numbers for last night's NFL Kickoff game between the Cowboys and the Giants, and broadcast DNC coverage. For cable news numbers, click here. and here.

Final broadcast primetime ratings for Wednesday, September 5, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 NBC NFL Kickoff 2012 3.9/14 10.68
CBS Big Brother 2.1/6 6.09
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 1.5/4 4.21
ABC The Middle - R 1.0/3 3.94
CW Oh Sit! 0.4/1 1.08
8:30 NBC NFL Football (8:30-11PM) - Live 9.7/26 23.89
ABC Suburgatory - R 0.9/2 2.69
9:00 ABC Modern Family - R 1.3/3 3.77
CBS Criminal Minds - R 1.2/3 5.29
CW Supernatural - R 0.3/1 0.80
9:30 ABC Suburgatory - R 1.0/2 2.80
10:00 ABC Democratic National Convention - Live 1.1/3 4.62
CBS Democratic National Convention - Live 1.1/3 4.41

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • Ultima

    NBC has pulled the encore airings of their new sitcoms after next Thursday’s AGT finale. In their place, NBC will air… wait for it… a Chicago Fire preview!

    Just kidding… they’re actually premiering Rock Center a week early. Awesome, right?

  • rob60990

    NBC wasting a big lead-in on that flop? Ugh, they should’ve previewed Chicago Fire. haha.

  • Joseph A

    Actually its not a waste if Rock Center with Brian Williams is being kept at 10pm on Thursday. Rock Center is up against Scandal (ABC) & Elementary (CBS) so why not see if they can capture the balance of the audience not wanting to watch the Evening News via FOX or one of the two Dramas.

  • Silvio

    So in the end DNC more total viewers than NFL
    DNC: 25,121,000 (ABC, CBS, CNN, Current TV, FOX News, MSNBC and PBS combined)
    NFL: 23,890,000

    Source – Nielsen:

  • Training

    Considering the game aired on a Wednesday night to be the third most watched kickoff game in history is impressive.

    I’m going to be pissed if Chicago Fire doesn’t pull in decent numbers because of NBC’s inability to preview it behind a big lead-in.

  • Oliver

    At least this thread isn’t dominated by Drudge readers. I find it quite sad how their readership blindly follow and repeat partisan platitudes instead of engaging their critical faculties. Nice pay-day for their admins, though.

    Replacing the sitcom repeats with Rock Center is odd and seems like a waste of a big lead-in. NBC’s priority should be getting their sitcoms to succeed.

  • John A

    Premiere of Rock center? It wasnt cancelled? I know it was on during the summer i just thought it was a burn off.

  • Oliver

    Rock Center wasn’t canceled, no. A news show should do well during an election year, so it isn’t totally stupid.

  • alffan

    I don’t get why CBS and NBC waste these solid reality/competition shows during the summer doldrums. Big Brother would be a great Sunday 9pm lead out for Amazing Race when football is over and they could run it on Wed 8pm and have the evictions Fri 9pm. Would be a lot cheaper than the dramas delivering a 1.5-1.8. AGT should definitely be a Spring show too.

  • Holly


    CBS tried BB during regular season (during the strike). It didn’t do all that well. Not cancelation-horrible, but certainly less than they could get with their regular fare.

  • Holly

    Oh, and the dramas after Amazing Race weren’t getting 1.5s. Good Wife had a low of 1.7, but stayed around a 2 most of the season. Miami averaged slightly higher than a 2.

  • thesnowleopard

    I’m not at all surprised the network ratings for the DNC were relatively low. They only showed it from 10pm onward and the coverage was terrible. Entirely too much snarky, partisan commentary drowning out the actual speeches. We checked it out briefly and then switched back to PBS.

    Wow, Supernatural’s audience adjusted up a bit. That’s cool.

  • rob60990
  • John A

    I dont watch much NBC shows so i dont know its schedule but yeah i assumed Rock Center was gone. They cancelled Fear Factor with ok ratings but renewed a ratings loser like Rock Center that is laughable.

  • Mark Wilkins

    So far it looks like Supernatural will be #1 in repeats on the CW even beating an original show on Monday.

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