So You Think You Can Dance fell 14% but Fox still eked out a win with adults 18-49.  America’s Got Talent was also down 14% from last week to a summer low 2.4 adults 18-49 rating, though NBC was still tops for the night with total viewers. CBS’s Big Brother was up a tenth from last Wednesday to a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating and was the highest-rated broadcast program of the night with adults 18-49.

NBC’s Love in the Wild was down 13% to a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, a series/season low.  Earlier in the night Minute to Win It was down 8% to a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

ABC’s Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief was up 30% versus last week’s ‘Primetime Nightline’ to a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, August 3, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS Big Brother 2.5/8 6.75
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 1.7/6 5.49
ABC The Middle (R) 1.2/4 4.36
NBC Minute to Win It 1.1/4 4.69
CW America’s Next Top Model (R) 0.3/1 1.06
8:30 ABC Modern Family (R) 1.4/4 4.46
9:00 NBC America’s Got Talent 2.4/7 9.64
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 1.8/5 5.32
ABC Modern Family (R) 1.5/4 4.31
CBS Criminal Minds (R) 1.4/4 5.94
CW America’s Next Top Model (R) 0.4/1 1.10
9:30 ABC Happy Endings (R) 1.0/3 2.86
10:00 NBC Love in the Wild 1.4/4 4.75
ABC Primetime Nightline 1.3/4 5.38
CBS CSI (R) 1.2/3 5.65

via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

  • In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 2.6/6; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.1/5; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 2.9/7; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.2/4.


  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4; “Late Show,” 0.6/3; “Nightline,” 0.9/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/3.


  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.3/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.1/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.3/2).


  • At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 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. Starting with data for Mon 3/28/11, all program ratings will now include multiple viewings of a telecast on a DVR. Previously only the first viewing was counted. HUT/PUT will now consist of Live TV viewing and DVR playback at time of play. Previously, HUT/PUT consisted of live viewing and DVR playback credited to time of live telecast.

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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.

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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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