TV Ratings Wednesday: America’s Got Talent, Think You Can Dance Fall; Big Brother Up vs. Last Year

Posted on 15 July 2010 by Bill Gorman

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Scoreboard FOX NBC Uni CBS ABC CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.2/7 2.2/7 1.7/6 1.6/5 1.0/3 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.2/8 1.7/6 1.9/7 1.1/4 0.7/3 0.4/2
Total Viewers (million) 6.000 7.918 4.146 6.084 3.691 1.077

America’s Got Talent dropped vs. last week, but was still the top rated show on the night. The timeslot premiere of CBS’ Big Brother was up 10% vs. its Wednesday premiere last summer.

CBS’ Big Brother continued its improvement over its summer timeslot premieres last season, up 10% vs. 7/14/09 to a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating.

Every other original show on Wednesday night was down vs. last week’s outings.

NBC’s Minute To Win It fell 5% to a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating, while America’s Got Talent dropped 12% to a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating on the night.

Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance slipped a tenth of a point (4%) vs. last Wednesday to a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

NBC and Fox had the same 2.2 adults 18-49 rating average on the night to lead the broadcast nets.

via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets:

  • “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (2.8/7 in metered-market households) out-delivered CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” (2.5/6) and ABC’s combination of “Nightline (2.8/7) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (1.4/4 with an encore) 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,” 1.0/4; “Late Show,” 0.6/2; “Nightline,” 0.8/3; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.6/3 with an encore.
  • 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” (0.6/3 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 0.4/3 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 CBS Big Brother 2.3 8 6.394
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.1 8 5.716
NBC Minute To Win It 1.8 7 5.939
ABC Lucy Must Be Traded Charlie (special) 0.9 3 3.928
CW America’s Next Top Model (repeat) 0.4 2 1.204
8:30 CBS Big Brother 2.3 8 6.222
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.3 8 6.133
NBC Minute To Win It 2.2 8 7.253
ABC The Middle (repeat) 0.9 3 3.390
CW America’s Next Top Model (repeat) 0.4 2 1.089
9:00 NBC America’s Got Talent 2.9 9 10.682
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.2 7 5.961
CBS Criminal Minds (repeat) 1.3 4 6.006
ABC Modern Family (repeat) 1.3 4 4.025
CW America’s Next Top Model (repeat) 0.4 1 0.918
9:30 NBC America’s Got Talent 3.1 10 11.665
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.3 7 6.191
CBS Criminal Minds (repeat) 1.5 4 6.650
ABC Cougar Town (repeat) 1.0 3 2.827
CW America’s Next Top Model (repeat) 0.4 1 1.096
10:00 NBC Law & Order SVU (repeat) 1.6 5 6.068
CBS CSI:NY (repeat) 1.2 4 5.718
ABC Castle (repeat) 0.9 3 3.854
10:30 NBC Law & Order SVU (repeat) 1.5 5 5.903
CBS CSI:NY (repeat) 1.2 4 5.514
ABC Castle (repeat) 0.9 3 4.122

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

You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.


Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs which are currently in approximately 24.4% of all U.S. TV households. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • Yes.
    1. FOX placed first last night, with a clear 18-34 win.
    2. 2.2 beats FOX's drama repeats.
    3. It's competitive with "Big Brother."
    Nevertheless, I expect FOX to run a second non-scripted show next Summer.

    I wouldn't be concerned with the "Minute" numbers; game shows seem to last only two seasons in prime time.
  • ABCHasProblems
    ABC should've put the Charlie Brown special at 8:30 to help get viewers used to The Middle leading off Wednesday night in the 8pm anchor spot. I knew TM's repeat numbers would be dragged down because of the Charlie Brown special. I really have no idea why ABC thinks that Charlie Brown holiday specials are compatible with TM, anyway. Let's face it: the only animated show that might be compatible with TM is The Simpsons, and that's not even an ABC show!
  • SVUnCI
    I think ABC has to show the Charlie Brown specials, they might have been made exclusively for ABC to show around Holiday time, but the baseball special is the most boring of the Charlie Brown specials.
  • forg
    The Charlie Brown special didn't help ABC at all. Minute to Win It is performing solidly
  • I know for sure there's two factors there why it rises. The AGT audience turns to NBC to get ready for their show at the bottom of the hour and the other factor is that Minute to Win It has the contestants getting far in the game winning close to a million dollars so people probably really turn it for that.
  • JR35
    My guess is that if "Minute to Win It" has just one contestant starting from the beginning of the show, and they're good, the second half hour would capture them going for the larger monetary prizes. Not sure how it worked last night, but that's just an in-general theory. :)
  • ap076
    -Nate I have not watched Minute, but noticed/appreciated their almost 1.5 million viewer growth for 2nd 1/2 hour. Does something occur show wise to account for that, that you could explain to me in a sentence or two?

    -I keep Showtime around for Nurse Jackie, Weeds, Dexter, The Borgia (upcoming), and The Tudors (formally) but I am the exact opposite with respects to Big Brother. After Dark took what was already a serious 3 day a week non-scripted TV commitment and really turned it into an unhealthy obsession for me. I am therefore sitting BB out.
  • Fanpuck33
    I'll assume that the picture for the article means Future Funk was chosen over RNG. It's a shame the tap dance crew didn't advance, they were the second most entertaining act on Tuesday. Future Funk only advanced because they're cute, which is exactly why I normally avoid shows like this.
  • tv_viewer
    If Stephen MacPherson can renew Rookie Blue after only the first 3 episodes have aired, I don’t see why So You Think You Can Dance will have any problems being renewed by Fox despite Rookie Blue only receiving an average rating of 1.6 for its 3rd episode.

    By the way I noticed that Cold Case, a cancelled show, did better last Sunday than Castle did last night. AZ Bob didn’t want you to know that.
  • CJ_Shizzle
    MTWI did pretty good considering the competition, and again, it built nicely during the second half. I just wish they hadn't run of time before the couple finished because I was really getting into their amazing performance.

    And speaking of running out of time, ditto with AGT. Call it sloppy if you wish, but I thought it was one of the most dramatic endings of any AGT episode. At least nearly all of who I wanted to move on the most did(really love Christina & Ali and Fighting Gravity).
  • NBC is starting to become a destination for me this summer. This network is slowly changing back to watchable status.

    A Minute to Win It is one of the best game shows I've seen in a while I like the late drama leading into AGT. It reminds me of Beat the Clock.

    Can't watch Big Brother unless I have access to Showtime AfterDark.
  • Jon
    Almost tying Minute to Win It is not a good sign IMO.
  • censorshipsux
    Big Brother wins the 8pm showdown with SYTYCD. And at 9, AGT almost doubles SYTYCD's viewers and is almost a point higher in the demo. Although SYTYCD seems to have bottomed out around the 2.2/6M mark. Is that enough to get it renewed?
  • SVUnCI
    AGT overran because it was Howie's first live results show. I was highly upset because my DVR pulled an American Idol and I had to go online to find out who went through.
  • I so agree. I pay alot of money for cable and I shouldn't have to go online to find out who went home and listen to family complain they were cheated out of the reactions like I had to deal with last night. I have every right to use a DVR and see all of the episodes/events I record. Unless it's a sport there is no excuse for the constant run-overs. Cable is even worse with their "marathons" So many things I record are several minutes off so I miss the beginning or end of stuff all the time.
  • Jon
    If they had just announced who the #4 vote getter was instead of having the judges decide between the #4 and #5, there would have been no problem. Having them announce their decisions as the credits were rolling and the kids celebrating for 1 second was beyond lame.
  • richie24
    Can't believe AGT overran last night - very sloppily produced.

    Oh well at least the dreadful 'hand whistler' woman is gone - and generally the right four acts got through

    Here's 5 acts who should never have made the finals this year... what were the judges thinking?
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