Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.7/5 1.6/5 1.5/4 1.4/4 1.2/5 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.6/6 1.3/5 1.6/5 0.8/3 1.0/3 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 4.720 6.164 3.431 5.549 3.619 0.967

FOX was the #1 network with adults 18-49, but CBS notched victory with total viewers.

On NBC,  the Wednesday return of America’s Got Talent earned a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, flat with its last Wednesday original.

On CBS, Big Brother earned a 2.1 18-49 rating, up two tenths from last week’s 1.9, and a new high for the season on a Wednesday.

On FOX, So You Think You Can Dance returned from hiatus to earn a 1.7, even with its last original three weeks ago.

The CW premiered new musical chairs competition series Oh Sit! to a 0.5 18-49 rating, and was the highest rated original of the summer for the network.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, August 15, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS Big Brother 2.1 7 5.830
FOX So You Think You Can Dance (8-10PM) 1.7 5 4.720
NBC America’s Got Talent-R 1.3 4 5.474
ABC The Middle -R 1.0 4 3.821
CW Oh Sit! -P 0.5 2 1.259
8:30PM ABC Suburgatory -R 1.0 3 3.059
9:00 PM NBC America’s Got Talent 2.2 6 8.334
ABC Modern Family -R 1.3 4 3.654
CBS Criminal Minds -R 1.2 3 5.389
CW Supernatural -R 0.3 1 0.675
9:30PM ABC Suburgatory -R 1.2 3 2.922
10:00PM ABC 20/20 -R 1.3 4 4.128
NBC Law & Order: SVU -R 1.3 4 4.684
CBS CSI -R 1.0 3 5.432

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