Fox rocked on the first Wednesday of television’s summer season behind another two-hour installment of “So You Think You Can Dance.”
According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “So You Think You Can Dance” (3.6 rating/10 share in adults 18-49, 9.3 million viewers overall) dominated each of its four half-hours, opening with a 2.9/10 in the demo at 8 o’clock and peaking at 9:30 with a 4.0/10 and more than 10 million viewers overall. Twice-weekly show was up slightly from its Thursday premiere of a week ago.
ESPN likely finished second on the night in demos with its coverage of the NBA Eastern Conference final game between the Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons, although preliminary numbers weren’t available.
Elsewhere, NBC has reason to be happy with the performance of Game 3 of hockey’s Stanley Cup Finals between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings. Game, first of the best-of-seven series won by the Penguins, averaged roughly a 2.0/6 in 18-49 and 4.6 million viewers overall from 8 to 10:50 p.m. ET — making it the highest-rated Cup Final game (excluding game sevens) in six years. Game 4 is set for Saturday night on NBC, which took over coverage of the Cup Final after cabler Versus carried the first two contests.
ABC and CBS posted similar numbers on the night, although the Alphabet aired all original series and the Eye aired all repeats.
For ABC, “Wife Swap” (2.1/7 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall) and “Supernanny” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall) were both solid, but the first of the final three episodes of drama “Men in Trees” dragged the net down at 10 (1.6/4 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall). CBS picked up steam throughout the night, opening with “The Price Is Right” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall) and then finishing with dramas “Criminal Minds” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 9.7 million viewers overall) and “CSI: NY” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 9.4 million viewers overall).
At CW, “Farmer Wants a Wife” continues to post credible numbers, rising to its best scores since its premiere (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall).
Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 3.6/10; ABC, 2.1/6; CBS, 2.0/6; NBC, 1.9/5; Univision, 1.6/4; CW, 0.9/3.
In total viewers: Fox, 9.3 million; CBS, 9.0 million; ABC, 5.9 million; NBC, 4.5 million; Univision, 3.7 million; CW, 2.5 million.