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.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

  • Quadrey

    Who cares they are always wrong to some extent in the headlines because sometime something goes up or down by 5pm when we see the final ratings.

  • jRobnyc

    @Greg. Thanks Greg I didn’t know it was a repeat.

  • Nasir

    Good job Capture. It’s a fun show to watch.

  • TVDude

    I don’t think CW should have renewed Whose Line just for the decent ratings for new episodes, but for how well that second episode has been repeating following a new episode. Not only has this show been liked by many viewers, but it has got to be incredibly cost effective given that the repeat is doing so well. I don’t think any other show on the CW could could air a repeat that strong.

    It’s sad that AGT went down as I found last night’s episode to the best one yet. Closing with Catapult was awesome as I enjoyed them a lot.

  • TVDude

    Also, anybody enjoy Whose Line is it Anyway? a lot more without the guest stars? I found the way they brought them in very annoying this season and miss them just pulling people from the crowd. Last night’s episode seemed so much better without any special names being announced.

  • Cheryblosen

    I love red team! They should win or the British twins

  • Hardline_Pro

    RIP AGT.

  • Jacob

    NBC can’t catch a break. Everything except The Voice has done terrible this year. Am i the only one who doesn’t like Mel B. as a judge, she is rarely impressed and seems to wish she wasn’t on the show.

  • DiegobytheNumbers

    So You Think You Can Fail. No more.

  • K

    This should be the last season for SYTYCD. It has stayed around a couple seasons too long

  • CBSviewer

    @ jRobnyc

    It’s a low rating but, at least, it’s up from last week. Hopefully the whole Tuesday line-up will be huge in the fall :)

  • Aron

    With glee and 24 and wayward pines running into summer 2014 I suppose sytycd won’t be renewed, it’s the lowest rated new program on their lineup

  • Dennis

    UNDER THE DOME is officially the NUMBER ! show of the summer then :)
    NBC must be pissed :)

  • Illinois

    Can someone tell me if NCIS will be in danger next season ?

  • Kissan


    NCIS won’t be in danger at all, even if SHIELD turns out big.

  • HV

    Great job Whose Line! Come on AGT, adjust up!

  • Michael

    Wondering why my comments are not appearing (about the poor blog reporting for SYTYCD).

    Everyone pounces on AGT and other hit shows with negative spin like “hits new low” but TVBTN rarely adds TRUE negative spin for long-past-its-prime duds like SYTYCD? SYTYCD’s latest ALL TIME LOW is reported as “down” this week. Huh? Are “lows” more important than “all time lows?” But, hey, nice picture from SYTYCD with no true analytical info.

  • Illinois

    @ kissan

    Thanks !

  • Holly


    I’m guessing you put far more thought into the title wording than TVBTN did (or needs to).

  • CS’ Revenge

    I’m not a big fan of the whole new highs and new lows thing either because ratings will always trend up, down, and even and this not the time of year to really judge ratings because we are in that part of the year where we are transitioning back to our fall routines with kids going back to school all over the country every week and leaving the summer outdoor activities behind. To me consistency is a lot more important than the actual rating itself.

    That’s why I’m still puzzled to this day why ABC renewed that Biggest Loser rip-off. Don’t really care if it hit a season high in the demo this show’s viewership levels are still really low for a show airing for two hours on a valuable night of the week. The whole its cheap excuse has never been a good one to me especially since I know there’s more cheaper options out there that can do better in that slot.

    Now the same can be said for SYTYCD on FOX but its a different situation due to the fact that FOX doesn’t have any success going on during the rest of the week like ABC has had on Mondays and Thursdays. I understand why FOX will likely stick with it despite this being their lowest rated season. The quality of the show has gotten back on track but has yet to show up in the ratings. It was ultimately FOX’s fault for putting the show against Got Talent this summer. They need to program the show to a better night of the week if they keep it.

    NBC should’ve really went with original episodes of Hollywood Game Night before Got Talent but I do understand what they did getting viewers to watch it on Thursdays and they’ve been very successful with that decision as this is the first summer in years for NBC Thursday where their ratings have been that high on a regular basis after years of suffering with low-rated ratings from their comedy repeats. The show got a deserved renewal for season 2 this week. Got Talent had a positive as the show grew each half-hour and got over 9 million viewers in the last half-hour.

    Capture actually was over a million viewers behind Whose Line which has been consistent. It looks like the good word of mouth from Capture is picking up steam.

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