NBC’s America’s Got Talent rose vs. last Wednesday and again was the highest rated show on the night, but weighed down by repeats at 8 and 10, NBC finished second overall to Fox.

America’s Got Talent was up 10% from last Wednesday to a primetime leading 3.4 adults 18-49 rating.

Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance slipped again vs. the previous week (-4%) to a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating, but as the only show of the night, put Fox on top the night’s adults 18-49 average.

Perhaps Jimmy Kimmel’s forays into primetime should be confined to NBA pre-pre-game shows. His Twilight Saga: Total Eclipse Of The Heart special appeared on few TVs last night, scoring just a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating. At least it beat the pitiful ratings for the Happy Town burn offs it replaced, but can it beat next week’s Castle repeat?

via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

  • In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, in household results “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (2.9/7) topped CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” (2.6/6); and ABC’s combination of “Nightline” (2.9/7); and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (1.5/5).
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.0/4; “Late Show,” 0.8/3; “Nightline,” 1.1/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.6/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.3/4 in metered-market households) tied CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped CBS’s “Late Late Show” (0.4/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.
Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.2 8 5.842
NBC America’s Got Talent (repeat) 1.7 6 6.736
CBS How I Met Your Mother (repeat) 1.2 4 3.757
ABC The Middle (repeat) 1.0 4 4.216
CW America’s Next Top Model (repeat) 0.5 2 1.208
8:30 FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.4 8 6.316
NBC America’s Got Talent (repeat) 2.2 8 7.934
CBS Rules Of Engagement (repeat) 1.2 4 3.988
ABC The Middle (repeat) 1.1 4 4.279
CW America’s Next Top Model (repeat) 0.5 2 1.054
9:00 NBC America’s Got Talent 3.1 10 11.302
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.6 8 6.392
CBS Criminal Minds (repeat) 1.3 4 5.725
ABC Modern Family (repeat) 1.3 4 4.246
CW America’s Next Top Model (repeat) 0.4 1 0.973
9:30 NBC America’s Got Talent 3.6 10 12.864
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.8 8 6.615
CBS Criminal Minds (repeat) 1.3 4 6.123
ABC Cougar Town (repeat) 1.0 3 2.866
CW America’s Next Top Model (repeat) 0.5 1 1.144
10:00 NBC Law & Order SVU (repeat) 1.6 5 5.717
CBS CSI:NY (repeat) 1.3 4 6.881
ABC Jimmy Kimmel Live Twilight Saga (special) 1.1 3 2.923
10:30 NBC Law & Order SVU (repeat) 1.6 5 5.565
CBS CSI:NY (repeat) 1.4 4 7.159
ABC Jimmy Kimmel Live Twilight Saga (special) 1.2 4 2.979

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