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[08/30/12 - 09:14 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC, "Got Talent" Edge FOX, "Dance" in Demos
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for wednesday, august 29, 2012)

Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to NFL preemptions, Fast Nationals for ABC, CBS and NBC are approximate.]

NBC (6.49 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) edged out the competition on Wednesday with an encore of "America's Got Talent" (5.81 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) followed by a new "America's Got Talent" (9.13 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and an "NBC News Special" (4.52 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

FOX (4.31 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was a close second place with its two-hour installent of "So You Think You Can Dance" (4.31 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3).

Next up was CBS (5.01 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with its mix of "Big Brother 14" (6.71 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2), "Criminal Minds" (5.47 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and "CBS News Special" (2.84 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.40 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up repeats of "The Middle" (4.20 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10), "Suburgatory" (3.86 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "Modern Family" (3.98 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5), another "Suburgatory" (3.16 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) plus an "ABC News Special" (2.60 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

And finally, a new "Oh Sit!" (1.27 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and a repeat of "Supernatural" (1.03 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) closed out the night on The CW (1.15 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Oh Sit!" delivered a 0.6 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Supernatural" a 0.4 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+15.00% - Big Brother 14
+8.70% - America's Got Talent
+6.67% - So You Think You Can Dance
0.00% - Oh Sit!

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+60.00% - So You Think You Can Dance (vs. Buried Treasure/Buried Treasure (Repeat))
0.00% - America's Got Talent
0.00% - Oh Sit! (vs. America's Next Top Model (Repeat))
-28.13% - Big Brother 14

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

· In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.3/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.8/5; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.2/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.1/4 with an encore.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.4/2; "Nightline," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/2 with an encore.

· At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.1/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (0.9/3). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (8/31/11):

CBS (6.42 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) took home the demo crown with a new "Big Brother 13" (8.21 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1) followed by repeats of "Criminal Minds" (5.26 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (5.77 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10).

NBC (6.93 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) however was the most-watched network with new episodes of "Minute to Win It" (5.42 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T7), "America's Got Talent" (10.26 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) and a repeat of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.10 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T7).

Next up was ABC (4.36 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) with repeats of "The Middle" (4.31 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11), another "The Middle" (4.10 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9), "Modern Family" (4.70 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3), another "Modern Family" (4.40 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3) and a new "Primetime Nightline" (4.33 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.24 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up week two of "Buried Treasure" (3.26 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12) alongside an encore of week one of "Buried Treasure" (3.22 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12).

And finally, repeats of "America's Next Top Model" (1.18 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and another "America's Next Top Model" (0.91 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) on The CW (1.04 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49): Primetime Nightline (15.4%), Big Brother 13 (14.3%), Minute to Win It (-6.7%), America's Got Talent (-10.7%).

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.6/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.2/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.9/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.2/4 with an encore.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/2 with an encore.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 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.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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