Reality show on top despite lower ratings

Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” came in a bit below average on Wednesday, but it was still enough to easily deliver the night’s top demo score.

On an overall quiet night for the broadcast nets, “Dance” averaged a hearty 3.2 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 8.7 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., climbing in rating with each half-hour. It helped Fox win the night by 4 shares in adults 18-49 over NBC and Univision.

NBC was down a bit week to week with “Deal or No Deal” (2.1/7 in 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall) and “Celebrity Circus” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall), with the latter first-year show narrowly winning the 10 o’clock hour among young adults.

ABC was consistent throughout with repeats of “Wife Swap” (1.7/6 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall), “Supernanny” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall) and a second, special “Supernanny” to close out the night (1.7/5 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall). Net was up week to week, gaining considerable ground at 10 o’clock by substituting the second “Supernanny” for drama “Men in Trees,” which ended its run a week ago.

CBS started sluggishly with a repeat of “The Price Is Right” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall), before picking it up with repeats of “Criminal Minds” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall) and “CSI: NY” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall).

At CW, “Farmer Wants a Wife” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall) continues to put up decent numbers — especially considering the network’s low profile during the summer and its incompatible lead-in from a repeat of “America’s Next Top Model” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.3 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 3.2/10; NBC, 2.1/6; Univision, 1.9/6; ABC, 1.7/5; CBS, 1.6/5; CW, 0.7/2.

In total viewers: Fox, 8.7 million; NBC, 7.0 million; CBS, 6.9 million; Univision, 4.6 million; ABC, 4.5 million; CW, 1.8 million.

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