Fast National ratings for Wednesday, July 8, 2009.

FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance" failed to win either of its hours in the key 18-49 demo, but that didn't stop the network from winning the night in the demo, holding off NBC which won a slim overall victory.

Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 2.8 rating, beating the 2.1 rating for NBC and ABC. CBS was fourth in the key demo with a 1.3 rating, which topped the 0.3 rating for The CW.

Overall, though, NBC averaged an estimated 7.68 million viewers in primetime to go with a 4.8/9, nipping the 4.6/8 for FOX and CBS' 4.1/7. ABC finished fourth overall with a 3.6/6. The CW's 0.7/1 trailed.

In the 8 p.m. hour, FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance" and ABC's "Wipeout" both posted a 4.5/8, but ABC won in both total viewers (8.07 million to 7.25 million) and in the 18-49 demo (2.8 rating to 2.7 rating). NBC's "America's Got Talent" encore was a close third, well ahead of the 2.8/5 for CBS' "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and "Gary Unmarried." The CW trailed with a 0.7/1 for "America's Next Top Model."

NBC's new "America's Got Talent" had a 7.1/12 in the 9 p.m. hour, standing as both the night's most watched program (11.69 million viewers) and its top show in the 18-49 demo (3.3 rating). FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance" improved slightly to a 4.8/8 in its second hour, nipping CBS' "Criminal Minds." ABC's "I Survived a Japanese Game Show" was fourth with a 2.3/4, beating "America's Next Top Model" on The CW.

CBS moved into first in the 10 p.m. hour with a 4.8/9 for "CSI: Miami." ABC's "Primetime: Crime" was second and won the hour in the 18-49 demo. NBC's "The Philanthropist" had a 3.4/6 for third. 

All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.


A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.