It trails Fox's 'Dance' in demos; NBC's hockey down

Fox summer stalwart ”So You Think You Can Dance” was easily the top-rated entertainment series among young adults Wednesday, while CBS posted passable numbers for its premiere of ”Dogs in the City.” ESPN is expected to easily win the night overall with its NBA conference finals game.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, the two-hour Wednesday premiere of ”So You Think You Can Dance” averaged a 2.6 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 and 7 million viewers overall, peaking with a 2.9 demo score and 7.5 million viewers in its 9:30 p.m. half hour. It was up vs. its season premiere last Thursday (2.4/8 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall), but down about 15% from its performance on the same night a year ago. ”Dance” was the night’s No. 1 broadcast program in every demo 12-54 demo.

CBS reality series ”Dogs in the City” averaged a 1.3/4 in 18-49 and 6.7 million viewers overall in the 8 o’clock hour , up a bit in the demo from the repeat comedies the net aired on the comparable night a year ago; for its hour, ”Dogs” ran a distant second to ”So You Think You Can Dance” in 18-49 while edging out the Fox series in total viewers. It was followed by repeats of ”Criminal Minds” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall) and ”CSI” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall).

At NBC, Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils averaged a 2.4 household rating/4 share from 8-11:15 p.m. ET , down 25% from last year’s opener between the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks (3.2/6). NBC’s stations averaged a 1.0/3 in 18-49 and 2.7 million viewers overall from 8 to 11 p.m., though these are rough estimates as they do not accurately reflect West Coast viewing.

Neither the Kings nor Devils are national draws, and it couldn’t have helped NBC that the Cup opener went up against a highly watched NBA playoff game between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics on ESPN, whose ratings will be released this afternoon. Game 2 of the hockey finals is Saturday night on NBC.

ABC hung in there with a night of all-repeat comedies: ”The Middle” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall), followed by ”Suburgatoy” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall), ”Modern Family” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall), ”Happy Endings” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall), ”Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall) and a second ”Modern Family” at 10:30 p.m. (1.1/3 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall).

Univision’s 10 p.m. novella ”La Que No Podia Amar” (The One Who Couldn’t Love) tied with ”CSI” and ”Modern Family” as the No. 2 , rated program of the night in 18-49, behind only Fox’s ”Dance.” The net tied ABC for third among the broadcasters in the demo.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 2.6/8; CBS, 1.3/4; ABC and Univision, 1.2/4; NBC, 1.0/3; CW, 0.5/1.

In total viewers: Fox, 7.0 million; CBS, 6.5 million; ABC, 3.6 million; Univision, 3.1 million; NBC, 2.7 million; CW, 1.2 million.

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