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Reality rates on Wednesday

Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

Fox won Wednesday’s primetime ratings race behind the night’s top show, “So You Think You Can Dance,” as well as a repeat of the previous week’s episode. ABC also did well with reality from 8 to 10, including the season debut of “American Inventor.”

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “So You Think You Can Dance” controlled the 9 o’clock hour with a 4.4 rating/12 share in adults 18-49 and 10.2 million viewers overall, on par with its strong performance of the previous week despite additional competition from ABC’s returning “American Inventor” (3.0/8 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall), which ran a solid second.

Also for ABC, new unscripted series “The Next Big Thing” (2.7/9 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall) was up a bit week to week at 8 o’clock, thanks in part to facing a repeat of “So You Think You Can Dance” on Fox (2.8/9 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall). In its premiere a week earlier, “Big Thing” pulled in a 2.5/8 in the demo opposite the first half of a two-hour firstrun episode of “Dance.”

News wasn’t good for the two original dramas running Wednesdays on the broadcast nets: ABC’s “Traveler” dipped further at 10 o’clock (1.8/5 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall) and CW’s “Hidden Palms” did the same at 8 (0.4/2 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall).

NBC, meanwhile, was on the rise slightly with Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals (1.2/4 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall) but it still kept the Peacock well behind its rivals for the night.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 3.6/11; ABC, 2.5/7; CBS, 2.1/6; Univision, 1.8/5; NBC, 1.2/4; CW, 0.7/2.

In total viewers: Fox, 8.6 million; CBS, 7.5 million; ABC, 7.2 million; Univision, 4.2 million; NBC, 2.9 million; CW, 1.8 million.

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