Summer reality vets win over repeats

A pair of summer reality vets — Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” — tied as the top demo draws on an otherwise sleepy Wednesday night littered with repeats.

Fox, which won Wednesday, turned its night over to “So You Think You Can Dance” (2.8/9 in 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall), which retained most of its young-adult premiere audience from last week and peaked in the 8:30 half-hour with a 10 share.

At NBC, following a low-rated repeat of the previous night’s premiere of “Losing It With Jillian” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall), “America’s Got Talent” (2.8/8 in 18-49, 10.1 million viewers overall) finished neck and neck for the 9 p.m. demo lead with Fox’s “Dance” while standing as the night’s most-watched program overall. It was down 22% from its two-hour season premiere of the previous night, which likely was boosted by curiosity over new judge Howie Mandel.

There wasn’t much happening elsewhere, as the opening hour saw similarly performing repeat sitcoms on ABC and CBS. The Alphabet aired “The Middle” at 8 (1.3/5 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall) and 8:30 (1.4/5 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall), and the Eye went with encores of its Monday laffers “How I Met Your Mother” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall) and “Rules of Engagement” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall).

CBS improved a bit the rest of the way with repeats of “Criminal Minds” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall) and “CSI: NY” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 8.6 million viewers overall), while ABC aired rebroadcasts of comedies “Modern Family” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall) and “Cougar Town” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall) and an original episode of drama “Happy Town” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall). NBC won the 10 o’clock hour among young adults with its repeat of “Law & Order: SVU” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 2.8/9; NBC, 1.9/6; CBS, 1.6/5; Univision, 1.5/5; ABC, 1.2/4; CW, 0.5/2.

In total viewers: Fox, 7.3 million; CBS, 7.1 million; NBC, 6.7 million; ABC, 4.0 million; Univision, 3.5 million; CW, 1.2 million.

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