TV Ratings Tuesday: 'America's Got Talent' Hits New Low, 'So You Think You Can Dance' Down + 'Whose Line is It Anyway?' Flat

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August 21st, 2013

So You Think You Can Dance 8 20

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.8/6 1.3/4 1.2/4 1.0/3 0.8/3 0.6/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.3/5 1.1/4 1.1/4 0.7/3 0.3/1 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 6.747 3.501 3.751 3.421 6.282 1.644


NBC was the number one network in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On NBC, America's Got Talent earned a 2.2, down two tenths from last week's 2.4 adults 18-49 rating and hitting a new series low (for a Tuesday).

On FOX, So You Think You Can Dance scored a 1.2, down a tenth from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Extreme Weight Loss garnered a season high 1.3, up two tenths  from last week's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On The CW Whose Line is it Anyway? matched last week's  0.8 adults 18-49 rating. Capture notched a 0.4, up a tenth from last week's 0.3 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, August 20, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM ABC Extreme Weight Loss (8-10PM) 1.3 4 3.70
FOX So You Think You Can Dance (8-10PM) 1.2 4 3.75
NBC Hollywood Game Night -R 1.0 3 3.54
CBS NCIS -R 0.9 3 7.69
CW Whose Line is it Anyway? 0.8 3 2.27
8:30PM CW Whose Line is it Anyway? -R 0.8 3 2.24
9:00PM NBC America's Got Talent (9-11PM) 2.2 6 8.35
CBS NCIS:Los Angeles -R 0.8 2 5.99
CW Capture 0.4 1 1.04
10:00PM CBS Person of Interest -R 0.8 2 5.18
  ABC  Body of Proof -R  0.6  2.88 

In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.4/7 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.0/5; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/4 with an encore.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/4 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.4/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3 with an encore.

From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 0.9/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/4 in metered-market households with an encore) 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" (0.4/2 in 18-49 with an encore) 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.

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.


Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

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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  • Marius

    Great numbers for ‘Hollywood Game Night’ as a repeat right when the renewal came.

  • Cheryblosen

    Wow good for capture! Love that show

  • I Love TV!

    Yey Capture!!!! I hope it’s starting to get more buzz and more people tune in!

  • John A

    Whose Line repeat got the same as original. A real hit for CW.

  • gerry

    keep notching up capture!!! the last 5 minutes of last night’s show was the most satisfying 5 minutes of tv i’ve had so far this summer. GOOD STUFF!

  • John A

    I always hate the word ‘Flat’ in your guys headline. I prefer ‘Steady’. I know its the same thing but ‘Steady’ sounds better.

  • daniel

    I Think Capture will be renewed,the best summer reality show at tv right now

  • John A

    Its looking like SYTYCD should be cancelled.

  • rob60990

    Ouch at SYTYCD & AGT.

  • Greg

    Wow, that’s really weak for SYTYCD. I mean, it’s summer and it’s a reality show, so there’s always the chance it might return, but I’m not very optimistic…

  • John A

    Ive said before ANTM should be on Tuesday at 9pm. Capture is a failure.

  • jRobnyc

    I don’t see the comments for the CBS lineup this time,I was just wondering if on comparison that’s a good rating for NCIS: Los Angeles. Thanks.

  • Dillan

    Capture is very entertaining. Glad it’s up, it should be renewed.


    Regarding Capture, I liked the blue team…they cast a villain and them leaving so early doesn’t help the show. The one dude on blue was an idiot not doubt but I’m no fan of light green team who sabotaged them…their “we’re the weakest” game is something I hate about reality shows.

    Of the teams remaining the one team with the most air time is the red team…and I don’t want them to win. I would love pink team to win or even the 2 little english girls (color?) but not red.

  • Greg


    It’s not a good rating, but it doesn’t matter anyway, it’s a rerun.

  • Nikki

    @ John A i agree about the way they use “flat” instead of steady. Steady sounds better and they mean the same thing. So why bring viewers down by using flat. Dont get it. I know its early yet but im looking forward to seeing PLL’s ratings today. The episode was really good so i cant imagine its gunna be below 1.0, im predicting 1.1

  • gerry

    @ marseph

    the blue team was gross. shane tried to redeem himself a bit at the end but the other one was a total asshat. the green sabotaging them was sheer brilliance. and green knows they’re weak, which is why they’re playing it smart. which will get them far, but i don’t think they’ll be able to win. as far as a villian, someone new will crop up as the team everyone wants gone.

    red was barely on last night.

    i’m rooting for pink all the way. i like the brits as well, but i don’t think they’ll last.

  • Jason

    If SYTYCD is indeed cancelled after this season or next, what’s FOX going to do for a Tuesday for the summer?

  • Jane Elliot

    Ratings are steady even though Who’s Line didn’t have a “special guest star”. Hopefully this trend continues.

  • erwanfromfrance

    I’m fed up with seing each wednesday “America’s Got Talent hits New Low” I really hope this season will NEVER go under 2.0, it would be too bad for that wonderful show

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