Was it a Katie Holmes bump? Was it excitement about the show's 100th anniversary? Are audiences returning for the closing weeks? Whichever way you look at it, nearly 1.4 million more people watched FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance" this week than tuned in last week, reversing a slow regress for the show.
Aided by "So You Think You Can Dance," FOX won the 18-49 demographic with a 2.2 rating, topping the 1.9 rating for CBS. NBC was third in the key demographic with a 1.1 rating, with ABC's 0.8 rating and the 0.5 rating for The CW trailing.
Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 7.88 million viewers in primetime to go with a 5.0 rating/9 share. FOX was second with a 4.3/8. ABC and NBC were well back in a tie for third with a 2.1/4. The CW trailed with a 0.9/2.
CBS kicked the night off in first with a 4.0/8 for a "Big Brother 11" elimination, which also won its hour in the 18-49 demo. FOX's "Bones" was second with a 3.6/7. On ABC, two episodes of "Samantha Who?" averaged a 2.5/5 for third, edging NBC's "30 Rock" and "The Office." The CW trailed with a 1.0/2 for "Smallville."
FOX moved into first at 9 p.m. with a 5.1/9 for "So You Think You Can Dance," accompanied by a 2.9 rating in the key demo. CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" was second with a 5.0/9. ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" repeat barely beat the 1.9/3 for NBC's "The Office" and "30 Rock." The CW's "Supernatural" had a 0.8/1 for third.
"The Mentalist" moved CBS back into first at 10 p.m. with a 6.1/11. CBS also dominated the hour in the 18-49 demo. NBC's "The Listener" was well back in second with a 2.3/4, topping ABC's "Private Practice."
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.