TV Ratings: 'So You Think You Can Dance' Top 20 helps FOX eke out Wednesday win
NBC's 'America's Got Talent' puts the network in second
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The start of the "So You Think You Can Dance" performance season helped FOX to a narrow overall in on Wednesday night, as the network also ruled among young viewers.
For the night, FOX averaged a 1.9 rating among adult 18-49, topping NBC's 1.4 rating in the key demographic. ABC averaged a 1.1 key demo rating, edging out CBS' 1.0 rating. The CW averaged a 0.3 key demo rating for the night.
Overall, FOX, CBS and NBC all averaged a 3.4 rating/6 share for Wednesday primetime, but FOX averaged 5.74 million viewers, compared to NBC's 5.45 million viewers and CBS' 5.115 million viewers. There was a drop to ABC's 2.6/4 and 3.86 million viewers and then to The CW's 0.5/1 and 711,000 viewers.
[Univision averaged 3.78 million viewers and a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49 for Wednesday night.]
8 p.m. - "So You Think You Can Dance" started primetime in first for FOX With 5.96 million viewers and a 2.0 rating among adults 18-49. CBS' "Dogs in the City" was second overall with 4.67 million viewers and tied for third with a 0.9 key demo rating. NBC's repeats of "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" and "Up All Night" averaged 3.68 million viewers and a 0.9 key demo rating, while ABC's repeats of "The Middle" and "Suburgatory" averaged 3.56 million viewers and a 1.0 key demo rating. The CW's "America's Next Top Model" repeat averaged 755,000 viewers and a 0.3 key demo rating.
9 p.m. - NBC's "America's Got Talent" drew a low 7.88 million viewers and a 1.9 key demo rating, but still won the 9 p.m. hour, beating the 5.52 million viewers and 1.8 key demo rating for the second hour of FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance." A repeat of "Criminal Minds" had CBS in third overall with 5.21 million viewers and fourth with a 1.1 key demo rating. ABC's two repeats of "Modern Family" finished third in the key demo with a 1.4 rating and fourth overall with 3.75 million viewers. Another "America's Next Top Model" averaged 668,000 viewers and a 0.3 key demo rating for The CW.
10 p.m. - Overall, CBS' repeat of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" won the 10 p.m. hour with 5.445 million viewers, tying for second with a 1.1 key demo rating. NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" repeat won the hour among adults 18-49 with a 1.2 rating and finished second overall with 4.79 million viewers. The hour's only piece of new programming was ABC's "Finale Witness," which was third with 4.28 million viewers and averaged a 1.1 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.