TV Ratings: 'Dance' premiere falls, 'Awake' finale rises and CBS, FOX split Thursday
'Duets' has an OK two-hour debut for ABC
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The ninth season premiere of "So You Think You Can Dance" was way lower than last May's launch, but it still carried FOX to a Thursday win among young viewers, while CBS' repeats ruled the night overall.
Among other ratings notables, ABC's "Duets" got off to a so-so (under-"Wipeout" averages) start and "Rookie Blue" returned in the vicinity of its normal numbers. Meanwhile, NBC's "Awake" rose a little in its series finale.
For the night, FOX averaged a 2.4 rating among adults 18-49, beating ABC and CBS' 1.6 ratings in the key demographic. NBC averaged a 0.9 rating and The CW averaged a 0.3 key demo rating for Thursday.
Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 7.64 million viewers and a 5.0 rating/9 share to win Thursday night. ABC's 4.3/7 and 6.46 million viewers came in second, just ahead of FOX's 3.7/6 and 6.23 million viewers. NBC's 2.94 million viewers and 2.0/3 beat the 0.5/1 and 713,000 viewers for The CW.
8 p.m. - Repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" and "Rules of Engagement" averaged 7.27 million viewers to win the 8 p.m. hour for CBS, finishing second with a 2.0 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's "Duets" premiere averaged 6.77 million viewers in second and a 1.6 key demo rating in third. The first hour of FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance" premiere was third overall with 5.77 million viewers and won the hour with a 2.2 key demo rating. NBC's repeats of "The Office" averaged 2.205 million viewers and a 0.7 key demo rating in fourth. On The CW, a Perez Hilton "All-Access" special 870,000 viewers and a 0.3 key demo rating.
9 p.m. - CBS' repeat of "Person of Interest" averaged 7.83 million viewers to win the 9 p.m. hour, coming in third with a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49. FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance" improved to 6.695 million viewers and an hour-winning 2.7 key demo rating. ABC's "Duets" slipped a tiny bit to 6.61 million viewers, but rose to a 1.8 key demo rating. On NBC, a repeat of "America's Got Talent" averaged 3.77 million viewers and a 1.2 key demo rating. The CW's "Vampire Diaries" repeat averaged 556,000 viewers and a 0.2 key demo rating.
10 p.m. - "The Mentalist" closed CBS' repeat-driven sweep with 7.83 million viewers in the 10 p.m. hour, also winning among adults 18-49 with a 1.5 rating. ABC's "Rookie Blue" was second with 5.99 million viewers and a 1.4 key demo rating. In its series finale, NBC's "Awake" averaged 2.85 million viewers and a 0.9 key demo rating.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.