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Solid numbers for ‘Dance’ return

Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

Fox’s summer reality series “So You Think You Can Dance” kicked offf its season with pretty good numbers Thursday, although it was down about 15% from its opening night of a year ago.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, the roughly 90-minute premiere of “So You Think You Can Dance” won from 8 to 9:30 p.m. with a 3.6 rating/12 share in adults 18-49 and 9.2 million viewers overall, peaking with a 4.1/12 in the demo and 10 million viewers in its final half-hour. Also for Fox, a second preview episode of new unscripted series “On the Lot” averaged a 2.1/6 in 18-49 and 5.2 million viewers overall from 9:30 to 10.

CBS ran second in the night’s opening hour with a special repeat of the recent hourlong series finale of “King of Queens” (2.1/7 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall), and then won with repeats of crime dramas “CSI” (4.0/12 in 18-49, 13.8 million viewers overall) and “Shark” (3.0/9 in 18-49, 11.1 million viewers overall).

ABC had a quiet night with repeats of “Ugly Betty” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall) and “Grey’s Anatomy” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall). An additional “Grey’s” at 10 o’clock scored a 2.1/6 in 18-49 and 5.4 million viewers overall.

NBC, led by a repeat of “The Office” at 9 (2.2/7 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall), generated meek ratings at 10 with the summer timeslot premiere of firstrun drama “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 3.2/10; CBS, 3.0/9; Univision, 1.9/6; ABC, 1.8/6; NBC, 1.8/6; CW, 0.8/3.

In total viewers: CBS, 10.4 million; Fox, 8.2 million; ABC, 5.3 million; NBC, 4.3 million; Univision, 4.3 million; CW, 2.0 million.

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