Fast National ratings for Thursday, May 21, 2009.

So far, FOX's decision to anchor its fall with "So You Think You Can Dance" isn't looking so bad, as the fifth season of the non-celebrity prancing franchise got off to a strong demographic start on Thursday.

Among adults 18-49, FOX easily won the night with a 3.4 rating, beating the 1.7 rating for CBS, the 1.6 rating for ABC and the 1.5 rating for NBC in the key demographic. The CW's 0.5 rating trailed.

Overall, there was a bit of a complication. CBS' 5.5 rating/10 share nipped the 5.3/9 for FOX, but FOX averaged an estimated 8.78 million primetime viewers, batter than the 8.17 million for CBS. ABC was a distant third with a 3.7/7, topping the 2.8/5 for NBC and The CW's 1.0/2.

[Even if I don't say it specifically, remember that most regular fall shows are in repeats for the next three-plus months.]

In the 8 p.m. hour, a repeat of CBS' "NCIS" and FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance" both averaged a 5.1/9, though the FOX show averaged over a million more viewers and a far better demo number. ABC's "Ugly Betty" finale was third with a 4.1/8, topping "My Name Is Earl" and "30 Rock" repeats on NBC and the 1.0/2 for a "Smallville" repeat on The CW.

A "CSI" repeat kept CBS on top at 9 p.m. with a 6.4/11. FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance" improved at every half-hour in both viewers and in the 18-49 demo and turned in a 5.5/9 for the hour. ABC's "Betty" had a 4.2/7 in its last hour. NBC's "The Office" and "30 Rock" repeats had a 2.2/4, beating "Supernatural" on The CW.

CBS stayed on top at 10 p.m. with a 5.0/9 for "Flashpoint." Facing reduced competition this week, "Southland" bounced up a bit to a 4.2/8, winning the hour with a 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demo. ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" 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.

 

 

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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.