Reality works on Wednesday

NBC's 'Talent,' Fox's 'Dance' earn top scores

Wednesday was all about a pair of reality shows, Fox’s ”So You Think You Can Dance,” which led the night’s opening hour, and ”America’s Got Talent,” which dominated the final two.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, Fox’s ”So You Think You Can Dance” averaged a 2.8 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 and 7.1 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., easily winning its first hour and placing second to NBC’s ”America’s Got Talent” from 9 to 10. ”Dance” was down about 10% week to week but helped Fox earn a tie with NBC for the nightly lead in 18-49.

At NBC, the night got off to a modest start with ”Minute to Win It” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall) before surging from 9 to 11 p.m. with ”America’s Got Talent” (3.6/10 in 18-49, 12.3 million viewers overall), which beat Fox’s ”Dance” head to head in 18-49 during the 9 o’clock hour (3.2 vs. 2.8) and then rolled in the 10 o’clock hour with a 3.9/11 in 18-49 and more than 13 million viewers overall.

ABC hung in there with encores of ”The Middle” at 8 (1.1/4 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall) and 8:30 (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall) and ”Modern Family” at 9 (1.6/5 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall) and 9:30 (1.7/5 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall). And in the 10 o’clock hour, the special ”20/20: Reality Rules” earned a 1.2/3 in 18-49 and 3.6 million viewers overall.

CBS struggled demo-wise with its repeats of ”Undercover Boss” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall), ”Criminal Minds” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall) and ”Blue Bloods” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC and Fox, 2.8/8; Univision, 1.4/4; ABC, 1.3/4; CBS, 1.0/3; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 9.7 million; Fox, 7.1 million; CBS, 5.4 million; ABC, 4.1 million; Univision, 3.5 million; CW, 1.0 million.

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