'Dance' steals rating spotlight from Blackhawks victory
On a night when NBC televised the Chicago Blackhawks winning their first Stanley Cup in 49 years, Fox edged past the Peacock with a two-hour “So You Think You Can Dance.”
The last hockey game of the season — a more than three-hour affair — drew a 2.9 rating/9 share in the 18-49 demo with 7.5 million viewers. The Blackhawks won the game in overtime, with the winning goal scored past 11 p.m. ET, meaning NBC didn’t get credit for the final 15 minutes of the broadcast in the primetime ratings race.
CBS offered a night of repeats. “How I Met Your Mother” (1.2/4, 4.1m) and “Rules of Engagement (1.3/4, 4.3m) filled the 8 o’clock hour while procedural “Criminal Minds” (1.9/6, 8.4m) was Wednesday’s highest-rated scripted show and drew more viewers than anything else for the night. “CSI: NY” (1.8/5, 8.3m) handily defeated the only original scripted show of the night, ABC’s “Happy Town” at 10 p.m. Earning a paltry 0.8/2, 2.5m, “Happy Town” doesn’t look like a long-term player this summer.
Earlier for the Alphabet, back-to-back episodes of “The Middle” were on par with its Eye competition from 8-9 p.m. “Modern Family” (1.7/5, 4.9m) fared best of all the sitcom reruns, and “Cougar Town” (1.2/3, 3.6m) followed at 9:30 p.m.
Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 3.0/9; NBC, 2.9/9; CBS, 1.7/5; Univision, 1.5/4; ABC, 1.2/3; CW, 0.5/2.
In total viewers: NBC, 7.5 million; Fox, 7.3 million; CBS, 7.0 million; ABC, 3.8 million; Univision, 3.7 million; CW, 1.3 million.