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So You Think You Can Dance: Summer 2012 Ratings

TV ratings for So You Think You Can Dance ratingsHere are the latest ratings for So You Think You Can Dance; the TV show that seeks to find the next dance sensation. The reality competition is hosted by Cat Deeley and judged by Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, and various special guests. The ninth season of So You Think You Can Dance typically airs Wednesday nights on the FOX network. There are 15 episodes this time around.

These are the TV show’s ratings for the Summer 2012 season. The ratings are the best way to tell if So You Think You Can Dance will be cancelled or renewed for season 10.

Check out our FOX summer ratings report card to see how this show’s numbers compare with the others on the network.

These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page:

Final season averages: 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 5.47 million total viewers.

Episode 09-15: Tuesday, 09/18/12
1.6 in the demo (+7% change) with 4.71 million (+7% change).
Season averages: 1.97 in the demo with 5.47 million.

Episode 09-14: Tuesday, 09/11/12
1.5 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 4.33 million.
Season averages: 1.99 in the demo with 5.53 million.

Episode 09-13: Wednesday, 09/05/12
1.5 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 4.21 million.
Season averages: 2.03 in the demo with 5.62 million.

Episode 09-12: Wednesday, 08/29/12
1.5 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 4.16 million.
Season averages: 2.08 in the demo with 5.74 million.

Episode 09-11: Wednesday, 08/22/12
1.5 in the demo (-17% episode-to-episode change) with 4.53 million.
Season averages: 2.13 in the demo with 5.88 million.

Episode 09-10: Wednesday, 08/15/12
1.8 in the demo (+6% episode-to-episode change) with 4.77 million.
Season averages: 2.19 in the demo with 6.01 million.

Episode 09-09: Wednesday, 07/25/12
1.7 in the demo (-6% episode-to-episode change) with 5.12 million.
Season averages: 2.23 in the demo with 6.15 million.

Episode 09-08: Wednesday, 07/18/12
1.8 in the demo (-10% episode-to-episode change) with 5.10 million.
Season averages: 2.30 in the demo with 6.28 million.

Episode 09-07: Wednesday, 07/11/12
2.0 in the demo (-5% episode-to-episode change) with 5.88 million.
Season averages: 2.37 in the demo with 6.45 million.

Episode 09-06: Wednesday, 06/27/12
2.1 in the demo (-13% episode-to-episode change) with 5.74 million.
Season averages: 2.43 in the demo with 6.55 million.

Episode 09-05: Wednesday, 06/20/12
2.4 in the demo (-4% episode-to-episode change) with 6.76 million.
Season average: 2.50 in the demo with 6.71 million.

Episode 09-04: Wednesday, 06/13/12
2.5 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 6.71 million.
Season average: 2.52 in the demo with 6.70 million.

Episode 09-03: Wednesday, 06/06/12
2.5 in the demo (-7% episode-to-episode change) with 6.66 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.53 in the demo with 6.69 million.

Episode 09-02: Wednesday, 05/30/12
2.7 in the demo (+13% episode-to-episode change) with 7.15 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.55 in the demo with 6.71 million.

Episode 09-01: Thursday, 5/24/12
2.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 6.26 million total viewers.
Season average: 2.40 in the demo with 6.26 million.

While SYTYCD’s return won its timeslot (easily beating ABC’s Duets), FOX was likely not regretting the decision to cut the show down to once airing a week. Year-to-year, the dance competition was down by 27% in the all-important demo (vs a 3.3 rating) and down by 34% in overall viewers (vs 9.45 million). No doubt the decline in American Idol viewers didn’t help as FOX tries to lead Idol viewers into watching SYTYCD.

Reference point: The Summer 2011 season ran twice a week while the current season has been cut down to one airing. In 2011, the Wednesday shows averaged a 2.3 rating in the demo with 6.39 million. The Thursday editions averaged a 2.1 demo rating with 6.34 million.

Note: These ratings are collected by the Nielsen company and are the final national numbers. These are different from the fast affiliate numbers which are just estimates of the actual ratings and are reported on by most other outlets. The final nationals are typically released within 24 hours of the programming or, in the case of weekends and holidays, a couple days later.

What do you think? Do you like the So You Think You Can Dance TV series? Are you still interested? Are you hoping that it’s renewed for a 10th season or should it be cancelled instead?

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{ 58 comments… read them below or add one }

Jen September 20, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Cancel,since last season the show lost its appeal .Cancel


Kenyetta September 20, 2012 at 6:05 pm

I love so you think you can dance.. please dont cancel Iwatched from the beginning. this season has been one of the best.


Evangeline September 20, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Renew! I love Mia Michael’s choreography.


Ana September 19, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Absolutely renew. It’s changed a lot of people’s lives, and is the only show like it on TV. FOX really did the show a HUGE dis-service this year by continually changing the days and schedule. This show is the only reason I have TV (literally!)


Miriam September 19, 2012 at 7:03 am

Definetely cancel.The ratings have come down for a reason


Adal September 19, 2012 at 6:54 am



kpatch September 18, 2012 at 8:07 pm

The show was completely amazing this season It would be ridiculous to cancel it.


Stevie September 17, 2012 at 7:50 am

I think the show has changed. I use to be a fan , but this year I could hardly make myself watch it.I think Fox should cancel and bring something new.My new favorite show is The Voice SYTYCD became more of the same with no surprises .I think is done ,bring something new Fox:)


Yuli September 16, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Cancel it and bring something completely new!


Amie September 15, 2012 at 6:41 am

Renew, big fan of the show!


Lydia September 12, 2012 at 10:48 pm

I use to love the show but I don’t watch it anymore ,I am pretty bored with the choreography , bring different choreographers Change the format let us vote for the choreographers and choreography as well. The choreographers should also be eliminated if they don’t do well Otherwise cancel it


Andrea September 12, 2012 at 8:00 pm

I stopped watching the show when the Olympics came on. I couldn’t get back into it. Why? The one show a week. Those poor dancers train and learn the routine, perform, then get eliminated mostly based on the previous weeks performance. I would be into it if it was in its old format. Either change it back or cancel it!


Madison September 12, 2012 at 9:18 am

New choreographers Better choreographers like Mia Michaels get rid of the “nappytabs”


Madison September 10, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Canceled the sho has turned predictable


kulhair September 10, 2012 at 12:22 am

Renew, renew renew. Best show on TV, has resulted in the formation of National Dance Daay, the Dizzy Feet Foundation to send low income kids to dance school, and in the days of Jersey Shore horrible reality shows that focus on vanity, sex and ill morals, a positive example of how people can accomplish their dreams. I have watched since season 1, and can only think that the reason for dipping ratings is that the judges have been less and less critical over the years, being more kind and preferential to contestants-makes for zero drama which attracts viewers. It should be judged as critically as the early years. And yes, a return to top choreographers like Wade Robson and Mia Michaels would help. Fox is never going to come up with a show that will consistently bring 4 million viewers an episode, so dwindling ratings or not, they would be stupid to cancel and spend $$ on another ‘Choice’. Fox, you are so appreciated for bringing this show to the masses. Please renew it for the millions of fans. We are a guaranteed revenue base.


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