Obama’s news conference skews ratings

In primetime ratings skewed Wednesday by President Obama’s news conference, Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” jumped ahead of NBC’s “America Got Talent,” according to preliminary nationals by Nielsen.

ABC and CBS joined the Peacock in covering the news conference live from 8-9 p.m. on the East Coast. Fox stuck with “Dance,” which had a preliminary 2.8 rating and 9 share among adults 18-49 from 8-10 p.m. and 7.3 million viewers overall.

Among those broadcasting Obama, ABC (1.5/5, 5.8 million) won in the demo and NBC (1.4/5, 6.4 million) in overall viewers, with CBS (0.9/3, 4.3 million) trailing – again, only according to the preliminary Nielsen count.

As the broadcast schedule returned to coast-to-coast consistency at 9 p.m., NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” (2.4/7, 11.1 million), ABC’s “Wipeout” (2.3/7, 6.2 million) and CBS’s “Criminal Minds” repeat (1.4/4, 6.4 million) appeared to drop slightly from the previous week’s perfs.

At 10 p.m., CBS rebounded behind a rerun of “CSI: NY” (1.4/4, 7.2 million), which edged ABC’s “I Survived a Japanese Game Show” (1.3/4, 3.8 million) and NBC’s “The Philanthropist” (1.1/3, 4.7 million).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox 2.8/9, ABC 1.7/6, NBC 1.6/5, Univision 1.3/4, CBS 1.2/4, CW 0.5/2.

In total viewers: NBC 7.4 million, Fox 7.3 million, CBS 6.0 million, ABC 5.3 million, Univision 3.2 million, CW 1.2 million.

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