Summer doldrums remained the theme at the broadcast networks with the unscripted reality leaders all down from last week.   America’s Got Talent was down 16% with adults 18-49 from last week to a 2.6 rating, it’s lowest of the summer (though it was still the night’s highest-rated and most-watched show).

So You Think You Can Dance was down 9% to a 2.1 rating with adults 18-49 between 8p-10p.

Big Brother was down, but less than the others, only 4% to a 2.2 rating with adults 18-49.

Minute to Win It was down nearly 15% from last week and hit summer lows with a 1.8 rating with adults 18-49.

Castle fans: ouch!  It’s never too early to panic.  OK, it’s way, way, way too early to panic.  But still, ouch.

Late night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, July 21, 2010:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS Big Brother 12 2.2/8 6.48
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.1/7 5.61
NBC Minute to Win It 1.8/6 6.13
ABC The Middle (R) 1.1/4 4.10
CW America’s Next Top Model (R) 0.4/2 1.20
8:30 ABC The Middle (R) 1.2/4 4.15
9:00 NBC America’s Got Talent 2.6/8 9.86
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.2/7 5.80
ABC Modern Family (R) 1.7/5 4.53
CBS Criminal Minds (R) 1.5/5 6.61
CW America’s Next Top Model (R) 0.4/1 1.05
9:30 ABC Cougar Town (R) 1.0/3 2.91
10:00 NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 1.5/5 5.67
CBS CSI: NY (R) 1.3/4 6.09
ABC Castle (R) 0.8/3 3.58

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2010 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

In Late-Night Metered Markets:

  • “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (3.0/7 in metered-market households) out-delivered CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” (2.6/6) and ABC’s combination of “Nightline (2.9/7) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (1.4/4) in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; “Late Show,” 0.7/3; “Nightline,” 1.1/5; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.4/5 in metered-market households) tied CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.4/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.6/3 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.4/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All national ratings are “live plus same day” from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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