NBC’s ‘The Voice’ Falls 25%, ‘Got Talent’ Up, ‘Dance’ Down 19%: Wednesday Ratings

Written by Michael Lambarde on Jun. 23, 2011

On a night where all the broadcast network sans the CW were impacted by President Barack Obama’s address the nation, below are the final broadcast ratings for Wednesday, June 20, 2011.

NBC won the night overall, though the total viewers and adults 18-49 rating won’t be known because of the impact of President Obama’s address. The network kicked off the night with a special results show of The Voice, which drew 10.01 million viewers and a 3.3 demo. That was down 17% amongst total viewers from Tuesday night, and a significant 25% in the demo. However, going for the series is that it aired at a special time, on a special night, without a lead-in, went up against FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance, and was delayed 16 minutes because of President Obama’s address. Leading out of The Voice was a one-hour original of America’s Got Talent, drawing 13.49 million and a 3.9 demo — that was up 9% in total viewers and up 13% in the demo compared to the night prior. Leading out of an original episode of Talent was a rerun of Talent, bringing in 10.75 million and a 2.9 demo.

FOX was next, drawing a 6.28 million viewers and a 2.2 demo for what So You Think You Can Dance drew from 8:16-10:16PM after President Obama’s address. However, that was down 17% from last week’s 7.59 million and down 19% in the demo compared to last week’s 2.7. As noted above, however, this was the first time it went head-to-head with NBC’s The Voice, and because both reality shows were down, may have negatively impacted each other.

ABC was next on this night with a rerun of The Middle at 8:30 following President Obama’s address, 3.99 million and a 1.1, a rerun of Modern Family, 4.47 million and a 1.6, a rerun of Happy Endings, 2.79 million and a 1.1, and an original Primetime: Nightline, 4.76 million and a 1.3.

CBS was next with Undercover Boss, which aired in progress following President Obama’s speech, a rerun, 4.42 million and a 1.0. A rerun of Criminal Minds drew 6.33 million and a 1.3. Blue Bloods closed the night for the network, doing 5.83 million and a 1.0. The CW went with two reruns of America’s Next Top Model, the first drawing 920,000 and the second doing 870,000 viewers. Both episodes drew a 0.4 demo.


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