Nielsen Ratings - Overnight TV Ratings for Wednesday, June 24, 2009; So You Think You Can Dance, I Survived a Japanese Game Show, I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Gary Unmarried, Criminal Minds, America's Got Talent, The Philanthropist, Wipeout, America's Next Top Model, Hitched or Ditched

Wednesday Ratings: Think You Can Dance? Keys Fox Win, Philanthropist Premiere Fair

Posted on 25 June 2009 by Bill Gorman


Scoreboard FOX NBC ABC CBS Uni CW
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 2.8/9 2.2/7 1.8/6 1.5/5 1.4/4 0.5/1
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 2.9/10 1.7/6 1.5/5 0.8/3 1.4/5 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 7.498 7.400 5.534 6.449 3.462 1.061

So You Think You Can Dance? lead Fox to a win averaging a 2.8 rating in the adults 18-49 demo for the night, but ABC’s Wipeout and NBC’s America’s Got Talent provided tough competition in both of its hours. The premiere numbers for NBC’s The Philanthropist were fair.

So You Think You Can Dance? and Wipeout tied for the 8pm hour in the 18-49 demo. That’s an improvement of 0.3 demo ratings points for Wipeout from last Wednesday. The finale of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! was able to generate only a 1.5 demo as viewers had long ago gotten out of there.

In the first head to head battle of summer unscripted heavyweights, America’s Got Talent edged So You Think You Can Dance? at 9pm in the 18-49 demo, while Dance won in the 18-34 demo. Against the heightened competition, I Survived A Japanese Gameshow proved to be the weakling, falling over 25% in the 18-49 demo from last week to its lowest rating ever.

The premiere of NBC’s The Philanthropist at 10pm won the hour and averaged a reasonable (considering circumstances) 2.0 in the adults 18-49 demo. However its half hourly demo ratings were potentially troublesome 2.1 and 1.8. Next week’s results will be telling. ABC’s Primetime: Questions for the President managed but a 1.2 demo rating.

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share 18-34 Rating 18-34 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 FOX So You Think You Can Dance? 2.7 9 2.7 10 7.297
ABC Wipeout 2.7 9 2.2 8 7.715
NBC I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! (finale) 1.5 5 1.2 4 4.402
CBS New Adventures of Old Christine (repeat) 1.1 4 0.7 3 4.761
CW America’s Next Top Model (repeat) 0.5 2 0.5 2 1.149
8:30 CBS Gary Unmarried (repeat) 1.1 3 0.7 2 4.373
9:00 NBC America’s Got Talent 3.1 9 2.5 8 10.385
FOX So You Think You Can Dance? 2.9 9 3.0 10 7.700
ABC I Survived A Japanese Game Show 1.6 5 1.4 4 4.183
CBS Criminal Minds (repeat) 1.6 5 0.8 3 7.388
CW Hitched or Ditched (repeat) 0.4 1 0.5 1 0.973
10:00 NBC The Philanthropist (premeire) 2.0 6 1.4 5 7.414
CBS CSI: NY (repeat) 1.8 5 1.0 3 7.393
ABC Primetime: Questions for the President 1.2 3 0.8 3 4.703


You can see TV ratings from past Wednesday overnight reports here.

Shows are sorted by Adults 18-49 rating in each time slot.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. 


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65 Comments For This Post

  1. Chief says:

    Decent beginning for The Philanthropist. It was the only new, original scripted programming I’ve enjoyed so far this summer from any of the broadcast networks. I’m sure it too will drop below that 2.0 next week, but I’m also sure we’ll see ads declaring it the new breakout hit of the summer!!!

  2. jay says:

    I know its summer, but the numbers for both SYTYCD and AGT indicate reality shows have not lost their momentum. And if anyone can spin ABC’s Obama special as a victory over the Philanthropist, you should be in the White House press corps or working for CNN, or ABC for that matter.

  3. HogWash says:

    I would love to see AGT be picked up in the fall and compete directly against SYTYCD. Philanthropist was surprisingly good and eventhough it may never get picked up, I can see it having a very loyal following. But I am surprised that ABC’s special about the president did so poorly – over kill I guess.

  4. The_1337 says:

    Lol @ ABC’s health care propaganda epic fail.

  5. Steve says:

    The Philanthropist was great last night! America’s got talent did well…

  6. Lawrence R. says:

    So, Barak Hussein Obama is not as popular as the New Adventures of Old Christine, and less than half as popular as America’s Got Talent.

    How fitting.

  7. Lighthope says:

    Sorry to hear I Survived A Japanese Gameshow is crashing. I love that show.

    But then, I want to see ABC (All Barak Channel) burn and die. They deserve no less for turning (even more) into a mouthpiece for Obama.

    Real journalism is dead.

  8. Steve from Wisconsin says:

    To HogWash: In response to your comment about the ABC special on the President, Obama is on TV way too often, and the ratings are finally starting to show that people have had enough.

  9. Bill Gorman says:

    Folks, lets keep politics out of these comments or I will either begin deleting overtly political comments or close the comment thread entirely, and I don’t want to do either.

  10. Mark says:

    The CW seems to be doing well with all its re-runs. Except for Hitched or Ditched because that show sucks!

  11. CP says:

    Looks like someone is an Obama fan that doesn’t like people criticizing his president. Why does the star of the “Philanthropist” get last billing in the commercials by the way?

  12. Master Moron says:

    CP, probably because he’s the least famous. I know who Jesse L. Martin and Neve Cambell are, but I’ve never heard of the star’s name before.

    Anyway, I thought The Philanthropist was good, and I’m glad to see it get good ratings. My only complaint was that the main character said he made love with that black woman but they didn’t show it. NBC isn’t going to get out of last place if they skip sex scenes like that.

    Why’d NBC wait until summer to premiere the Philanthropist, anyway? It was certainly better than all the crap they premiered in the fall.

  13. Von says:

    CP — Actually, they delete all political comments period. Refreshing actually. (and I agree with Steve from WI).

  14. Steve says:

    CP – shut up!

  15. Rob says:

    Iran is trying hard to “delete” all political comments too.

  16. Bill Gorman says:

    Rob, and others, if folks want to make political comments they have plenty of other places to make them. This site is about TV numbers.

  17. Vinny says:

    guys pls stop with all the poltocal comments cause were supposed to be commenting on the show. Any way my schedule was at 8 iacgmpoh at 9 agt anne at 10 philantrppist was actually very good.

  18. Vinny says:

    guys pls stop with all the poltocal comments cause were supposed to be commenting on the show. Any way my schedule was at 8 iacgmpoh at 9 agt anne at 10 philantrppist was actually very good.
    Congrats to NBC for a good night

  19. Jamie says:

    ROTFL! cant you people just admit that nbc has a hit on their hands? I dont remember chuck rarely getting those kinds of ratings…… :)

  20. Gerry says:

    Was the Bing product placement on “The Philanthropist” the most in your face product placement in the history of product placements?

  21. Holly says:

    @Jamie, Are you talking about Talent or Philanthropist?

  22. JS says:

    This isn’t about politics but I am surprised that all the pr, good and bad, that ABC got for hosting this special ended up backfiring in a negative way on the numbers.It could also be that people were more caught up with cable news last night with Sanford and Iran.

  23. ABCHasProblems says:

    Wipeout is doing very well against SYTYCD. I think ABC should put Japanese Game Show on hiatus for one week and fill in a special 1-hr episode of The Superstars after Wipeout. If Superstars gets better retention out of Wipeout, ABC could keep it there and move Japanese Game Show to another night and time.

  24. Audrey says:

    I’m confused. If ABC can show their propaganda infomercial on Obama’s healthcare plan, which is very political, and this is a site to discuss what was on t.v. last night, then why aren’t people allowed to make political comments? I’m sure if they were pro Obama/democrat/ABC, then it would probably be fine. Looks like censorship to me. The_1337…it was an EPIC FAIL! :)

  25. Bill Gorman says:

    Audrey, you are indeed confused. This site is here to discuss the ratings, numbers and business of television not politics.

    And you have a very confused notion of what censorship is. Private entities, like our site, can do whatever they want in terms of what appears or does not appear. We have no obligation to anyone to do anything. Only the government limiting your speech is censorship.

  26. sam says:

    ABCHasProblems: that is actually a very good idea you should work at NBC haha

  27. 0megapart!cle says:

    Did any of you actually watch the ABC special? It was overtly negative on the President’s plan! It certainly wasn’t a propaganda piece. Most of the questions he received were pessimistic. The AMA and the CEO of Aetna got to ask questions, for god’s sake, and you can imagine their point of view pretty easily. So shut the hell up if you don’t know what you’re talking about.

  28. steve says:

    Really enjoyed The Philanthropist seems like it did fair in the rating hopefully can keep most of the audience and build on it.

  29. huddy80 says:

    The Philanthropist was amazing! I can’t believe that NBC has been holding this show for so long! This is the best scripted show NBC has put out in a long time. 7 million viewers is huge, especially when during the regular tv season 7 mil is considered lacking and poor. Way to go NBC!

  30. huddy80 says:

    @Everyone—Look, Bill is right. You come to this website to look for TV numbers and TV ratings and TV information. If you want to discuss the train-wreck that is US Politics then there are plenty of websites that you can do that on. I come on here to read information about television shows. If I want information on flying to Puerto Rico, I’d probably go on a airline website. If I wanted to learn how to build a shed, I would go to a home improvement website. If I want to know anything about politics or discuss politics, I sure as hell am not going to do it on a TV RATINGS WEBSITE! If I was Bill, I would have shut this thread down as soon as the first comment was made. This is not a political rant or a favor of Republican or Democrat, it’s just my opinion for all of those people out there that think they can come on here and discuss politics.

  31. John says:

    I figured I would give the Philantropist about two minutes and then flip over to the news. I ended up watching the entire show and it was pretty darn good. It had the feel of a movie, with good writing and smooth editing. It was just on the edge of being over the top but didn’t quite go over. Maybe NBC should’ve saved this show for sweeps???

  32. Bad Robot ! says:

    Its doesnt bode well for ObamaCare that a repeat of CSI:NY beat by over 60% the ABC Infomercials ratings at 10pm.

    As for actually watching it? Why bother, there have been plenty of articles summarizing the different versions of the plan and its massively high price tag. Watching an supposedly independent network promoting the Presidents plan and not allowing competing views or commercials was appalling. The whole thing was semi scripted and orchestrated as these sorts of things always are these days. If I want to watch entertaining propaganda I will watch old Soviet news reels. Which would probably score higher in the ratings.

  33. huddy80 says:

    @John–Technically, they did. We have a sweeps month coming up in July, so maybe that is why NBC saved it for so long. Just a hunch.

  34. boomdizzle2 says:

    How are the numbers for broadcast TV comparing to last year June v. June?
    It seems to me that there is much less interesting to watch this year, do the numbers support that?

  35. Bill Gorman says:

    boom, you can do a week by week check with our Weekly Broadcast Network TV Ratings.

  36. Jamie says:

    oh im talking about the philanthropist. Even tho, I personally enjoy the Listner much better thus far than the Philanthropist…. you have to admit 7.4 mil for a summer show is pretty darn good esp when its up against CSI. NBC is trying harder to give us year round fresh programing than any other network. I for one appluad their effort and appreciate it very much!

  37. Christopher says:

    i liked the Philanthopist and will tune in next week

  38. Mark says:

    Wipeout needs to get over 8 million next week for sure. Last year it was going around on average 9 million, no it’s 8 million. Not much of a drop but I’ve noticed a difference in the ratings of last year than this year. Look at the Wikipedia article of the show wipeout and see.

  39. Mark says:

    Plus personally if AGT is doing so good in the summer every year, why not move it to the regular season? I mean that’s what ABC did to DWTS.

  40. CP says:

    Why did someone tell me to shut up? What did I do? I WAS JUST USING MY FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS!

    I recorded “America’s Got Talent” and watched that after I got back from seeing Transformers 2. It’s a must-see even though its 2.5 hours long. Glad to see Neve Campbell back on TV though.

  41. CP says:

    But Mark, where would all of the Leno hours go? ;)

    I actually agree with you on that, but with the chin and the Olympics, it would be tough to find a spot for it.

  42. Holly says:

    Mark, That can work, or it can completely backfire. If people are watching because they really like the show, then airing during the regular season can expose more people to the show and increase the ratings. If they are watching because there’s nothing else on, it will flop during the regular season. Besides, they have to air something during the summer. Right now, CBS is the only net that can get reasonable numbers with reruns (above a 1.5 for most), reruns on the other nets end up struggling to get a 1.0. The other nets desperately need these summer reality shows because they are low-cost ways of keeping people watching.

  43. Bill Gorman says:

    It’s not inconceivable to me that NBC goes with more reality like AGT during the regular season. Not this season, but a year or two down the road perhaps.

    And CP, I’ll assume you were being serious about the first amendment, but it gives you absolutely no rights at all on our website. On your own, it keeps the government out of your hair. On ours, you have absolutely no protection at all from me ;)

  44. jay says:

    Uh-oh. I was first this AM by the luck of the draw, and Bill is righter than he even indicated. He has the right to censor anything he damned well pleases. Good enough. Most sites try to be liberal, uh, tolerant because controversy = hits. But I recall they were getting so many worthless political comments just by being expansive in the comments they allowed after the cable news ratings they had to curtail them. I was in a hurry when I ( I think, tangentially) brought up NOT OBAMA, but coverage of Obama. Yet if posts about TV News ratings are verboten because too much political talk is generated, even the intuitively ok may not be so OK. When I went back and looked at the comments after mine and saw four or five political messages in a row, I sort of knew what I would see when I scrolled to the bottom on my homePC and worked my way up. It’s a good and common-sense rule they have. Who wants to wade througha hip-deep swamp of nothing but politics on an entertainment or even infotainment ratings web site, especially one of the few if not the only one I know of with such user-friendly and interesting links?

  45. Riff Rafferty says:

    If it weren’t for “Wipeout” and “The Bachelorette,” I’d suspect Nielsen accidentally mixed up ABC’s summer ratings with The CW’s.

  46. Shem says:

    CW got over a million.

  47. CP says:

    Actually Bill, I was only being half-serious. That guy told me to shut up, but I had said two different things so I wasn’t sure which thing he was telling me to shut up about. Believe me, I don’t want to talk about politics whatsoever. My mother is nuts about it and it drives me crazy.

  48. Fransisco says:

    Bill, where do you get these numbers from?

    do you pay nielson, or something?

  49. Bill Gorman says:

    Fransisco, we get numbers either directly from Nielsen’s Press Room service, which is free to the media, or via various press organizations that send them out as part of their press/PR efforts or from news reports on other web sites (for which we always provide attribution).

  50. R.G. says:

    NBC will be able to ride the wave b/c of the Susan Boyle hype from Britain…already the previews are trying to recapture that in the trailers…so once no American Susan Boyle is found…it will go below “So You Think’s..” numbers…Give it up NBC – you’re not a network any longer…

  51. R.G. says:

    Lighthope – LoL – ABC = All Barak Channel

  52. Mark says:

    To CP: Well I really think they need to cut Leno sometime. Having him for 5 weeknights in a row per week doesn’t cut it really. People will get sick of him and not watch him, IACGEOHH was show this summer that did the same thing, and look where the ratings went…..down the crapper. I think limiting him to only Tuesdays and Thursdays will do it, and they’ll probably make room for other shows for the other nights, and putting AGT in those nights can work there.

    To Holly: NBC can always make shows for the summer, it’s not that bad, I can understand why other networks fail during the summer reruns, but hey that’s what making other summer shows are for.

    I think there’s nothing wrong with putting AGT in the fall, it’s just that NBC has to do it next year or the year after that…or otherwise they’ll be kissing 4th or 5th forever.

  53. Mark says:

    I guess President Obama isn’t much of a ratings grabber. And this is coming from a supporter.

  54. The_1337 says:

    Didn’t NBC get good ratings for the follow Obama at the White House thing? I guess people are more interested in the president’s life than affordable health care.

  55. JoeR says:

    NBC should definitely keep AGT in the Summer, at least for now. They don’t want to risk overexposing it. Plus, Simon Cowell probably wouldn’t want it interfering with his other show. In fact, I wouldn’t doubt that it’s part of the deal with NBC that AGT can’t air at the same time as AI. as for The Philanthropist, I DVRed it and plan on watching it soon.

  56. Mark says:

    Well his life alone isn’t as controversial as his healthcare policy, thus more people tuned in to see that.

  57. Mark says:

    To JoeR: It can air in the fall where it’s American Idol-free. Unless Simon Cowell has another show in the fall.

  58. Josh Emerson says:

    I hate seeing I Survived A Japanese Game Show doing so badly. It’s one of the few summer shows I love to watch. I was hoping it’d do well enough so I could apply for Season 3! lol

  59. Brian C says:

    I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here was AWESOME!! I actually was more hooked as the show went on, unlike what is said up there…I just don’t think audiences truly appreciated and understood the show. Hope they come back with a second season!

  60. josh says:

    I’m shocked by ABC in terms of numbers, what is too late in the night? There was plenty of promo coverage. I’m not going to bother and spell the new NBC show, but I’m going to have to check it out now. To Audrey, this is a ratings site, as much as I might agree please leave talk about about it somewhere else.

  61. Marc says:

    this goes back to my post on another thread

    philanthopist is a good show. but its being shown in the summer.

    Odds of it making were about 5-10% even before it started.

  62. josh says:

    Would shows like PSYCH, BURN NOTICE and IN PLAIN SIGHT make it on primetime during the regular year? I enjoy all of these shows, which is to say I see other shows on NBC which I liked go away even though they’ve better numbers. Is the production cost more during the season? I always see people, but a show on USA, TNT it will do fine there.

  63. Tumbleweeds says:

    “Folks, lets keep politics out of these comments or I will either begin deleting overtly political comments or close the comment thread entirely, and I don’t want to do either.”

    You do realize the President was on an hour special don’t you? Why is it you don’t want input on why the healthcare informercial was such a disaster? Were you directed to do so? Or are you just another “journalistic” puppet for Obama?

  64. Bill Gorman says:

    Tumbleweeds, I couldn’t care less about the politics and the content of the ABC show, all I care about are the ratings, which were noted. Take your politics elsewhere.

  65. Mumbo says:

    The Philanthropist did pretty damn well for a summer drama. They almost always tank.

    Of course you can’t get a better summer lead-in than America’s Got Talent, so.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if for the 2010-11 season NBC aired AGT in the fall, and made some kind of similarly-themed replacement for the summer instead.

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