Both So You Think You Can Dance and America’s Got Talent were down from their premieres, but SYTYCD put Fox on top of Wednesday’s adults 18-49 nightly averages.

Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance was down 7% from its premiere last Thursday to a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating, but that gave Fox the top ratings average for the night.

The second night of NBC’s America’s Got Talent fell a lot further, down 22% vs. Tuesday’s premiere, also to a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating.

Relatively few watched the beginning of the summer burn of of ABC’s Happy Town. It registered just a 0.8 rating.

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,” 3.0/7 with an encore telecast; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.6/6 with an encore; and ABC’s “Nightline,” 3.2/7; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.4/4 with an encore.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.0/4 with an encore; “Late Show,” 0.7/3 with an encore; “Nightline,” 1.2/5; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/3 with an encore.
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.3/5 in metered-market households with an encore) trailed CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.4/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped CBS’s first-run “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 0.4/3 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 2.6 9 7.168
CBS How I Met Your Mother (repeat) 1.4 5 4.532
ABC The Middle (repeat) 1.3 5 4.960
NBC Losing It With Jillian (repeat) 1.1 4 3.745
CW America’s Next Top Model (repeat) 0.5 2 1.334
8:30 FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.9 10 7.999
CBS Rules Of Engagement (repeat) 1.5 5 4.621
ABC The Middle (repeat) 1.4 5 5.078
NBC Losing It With Jillian (repeat) 1.0 3 3.360
CW America’s Next Top Model (repeat) 0.4 1 1.217
9:00 FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.7 8 7.073
NBC America’s Got Talent 2.5 8 9.176
CBS Criminal Minds (repeat) 1.7 5 7.734
ABC Modern Family (repeat) 1.6 5 4.918
CW America’s Next Top Model (repeat) 0.5 1 1.088
9:30 NBC America’s Got Talent 3.1 9 11.087
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.8 8 7.041
CBS Criminal Minds (repeat) 1.8 5 8.391
ABC Cougar Town (repeat) 1.3 4 3.684
CW America’s Next Top Model (repeat) 0.5 2 1.199
10:00 NBC Law & Order: SVU (repeat) 1.9 6 6.485
CBS CSI: NY (repeat) 1.7 5 8.556
ABC Happy Town 0.9 3 2.964
10:30 NBC Law & Order: SVU (repeat) 2.0 6 6.270
CBS CSI: NY (repeat) 1.8 5 8.635
ABC Happy Town 0.7 2 2.562

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