Fast National ratings for Thursday, August 6, 2009.

FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance" closed out its summer season on a high note, with ratings momentum that the network can only hope carries into a fall season.

Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 3.4 rating, well ahead of the 1.8 rating for CBS. NBC was a distant third in the all-important demo with a 1.1 rating, beating the 0.7 rating for ABC and The CW's 0.5 rating.

Overall, FOX averaged an estimated 9.33 million viewers to go with a 5.6 rating/10 share. CBS was a solid second with a 4.6/8, doubling the combined totals for third place NBC (2.2/4) and fourth place ABC (2.0/2). The CW trailed with a 0.9/2.

FOX started the night in first with a 5.0/9 for the opening hour of the "So You Think You Can Dance" finale. CBS' "Big Brother" was a solid second with a 4.2/8. ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" repeat edged the 2.0/4 for NBC's "30 Rock" and "Parks and Recreation." The CW's "Supernatural" was fifth with a 0.9/2.

"So You Think You Can Dance" had a 6.2/11 in its climactic hour, giving FOX a big 9 p.m. win. CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" was second with a 4.8/8. ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" had a 2.0/4 and nipped NBC's "The Office" and "30 Rock" for third. Another episode of Supernatural" held stead for The CW.

CBS grabbed the 10 p.m. hour with a 5.0/9 for "The Mentalist." NBC's "Law & Order" was second with a 2.8/5. ABC's "Private Practice" was 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.