May 31, 2012


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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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With the NBA conference finals continuing last night and History’s hit mini-series Hatfields & McCoys ending its short run last night, the best the broadcast networks could muster was a 2.6 Adult 18-49 rating for FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance (up a bit from Thursday’s 2.4-rated premiere).  Last year on Wednesday, June 1, the comparable episode of SYTYCD scored a 3.1 rating.

The ratings for History and the rest of cable will be available later today.

Outside of FOX, Wednesday was pretty much a disaster for the other broadcast networks.  CBS was a distant second place with a 1.3 rating from 8-11 pm.  The new reality series Dogs in the City flatlined at 8 pm with a 1.3 premiere, followed by repeats of Criminal Minds (1.1) and CSI (1.5).

ABC aired six repeat comedies from 8-11 pm, averaging a 1.2 rating. 

NBC better hope for an unprecedented live-event ratings lift in the official nationals.  Game 1 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals averaged a 1.0 fast national rating with Adults 18-49 from 8-11 pm.  (The Los Angeles Kings beat the New Jersey Devils in overtime.)  Of course, the fast nationals do not properly account for west coast viewing of live events, and sporting events involving west coast teams are particularly under-estimated in the fast nationals.  Let’s assume a generous 50% lift in the official nationals — that would put the Game 1 rating at a 1.5, still below Game 1 last year between Boston and Vancouver (1.8 official rating).

We will update the NHL ratings when available, along with the NBA playoff ratings from last night.  

About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.