TV Ratings: Thursday viewers favor CBS procedurals, FOX's 'Dance'
Young viewers continue to flock to the audition episodes for FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance," but older viewers seem drawn to the comfort of CBS' reliable procedural repeats. Few viewers, alas, were drawn to the the 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday.
Among adults 18-49, FOX romped with a 3.6 rating. CBS was a distant second with a 2.0 rating in the key demographic, followed by the 1.5 rating for ABC and NBC's 1.4 rating. The CW trailed with a 0.5 rating.
Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 9.74 million primetime viewers to go with a 6.5 rating/11 share. FOX was second with a 5.5/9. ABC's 3.5/6 was a distant third, with NBC's 2.3/4 and the 0.9/2 for The CW following.
CBS swept the primetime hours overall, starting at 8 p.m. with a 6.3/11 for "NCIS." FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance" was second overall with a 5.0/9 and won the hour in the 18-49 demo with a 3.3 rating. ABC's Spelling Bee Coverage had a 3.2/6 to take third, beating repeats of "My Name Is Earl" and "30 Rock" on FOX. The CW's "Smallville" trailed with a 1.0/2.
A "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" repeat kept CBS in first at 9 p.m. with a 6.7/11. FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance" improved to a 5.9/10 overall and a 4.0 rating in the key demo. ABC's Spelling Bee was up to a 3.8/6, still topping the 2.1/4 for "The Office" and "30 Rock" episodes on NBC. The CW's "Supernatural" was fifth.
"Without a Trace" closed the night with a 6.7/11 for CBS in the 10 p.m. hour. The conclusion of the Bee and "Grey's Anatomy" gave ABC a 3.5/6 (but the half-hour with the Bee conclusion actually did a 4.8/8, showing late interest). NBC was third with two episodes of "The Office."
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.
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