Fast National ratings for Wednesday, July 22, 2009.

In what is becoming a trend, FOX opted to air original programming instead of a presidential press conference covered by the other four networks and failed to pay any ratings price.

Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 2.8 rating, far ahead of second place ABC's 1.7 rating. NBC was a close third in the key demographic with a 1.6 rating, while CBS' 1.2 rating beat only the 0.5 rating for The CW.

Overall, though, FOX and NBC both posted a 4.6 rating/8 share, but NBC's average audience of 7.39 million viewers edged the 7.32 million averaged by FOX. CBS was third overall with a 4.1/7, leaving ABC in fourth with a 3.2/6. The CW's 0.8/1 trailed.

In the 8 p.m. hour with three of the other networks airing President Obama's press conference, FOX stuck with "So You Think You Can Dance," doing a 4.6/9, up very slightly (a couple hundred-thousand viewers) from last week. NBC's Obama coverage was tops with a 4.1/8, ABC's coverage. CBS was fourth with a 3.0/7. The CW aired "America's Next Top Model" for a 0.8/1.

NBC moved into first at 9 p.m. with the 6.6/11 for "America's Got Talent." FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance" was pushed to second with a 4.7/8, but won the hour with a 2.9 rating in the key 18-49 demo. CBS' "Criminal Minds" was third, topping the 3.5/6 for ABC's "Wipeout." The CW's "America's Next Top Model" was down slightly.

CBS took over first at 10 p.m. with a 4.9/9 for "CSI: NY." NBC's "The Philanthropist" finished second overall with a 3.1/6, but finished third in the hour among adults 18-49. ABC's "I Survived a Japanese Game Show" finished 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, particularly in the case of live events.


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.