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Fox’s ‘Dance’ tops weak Wednesday

Most broadcast shows in repeats; CBS' 'Dog' declines

On a lackluster Wednesday for the broadcast networks that featured mostly repeats on the competition, Fox’s ”So You Think You Can Dance” was the standout performer while CBS’ ”Dogs in the City” declined from its already modest premiere.

TNT was expected to lead the night in all key categories with its coverage of the sixth and final game of the NBA Western Conference Finals between Oklahoma City and San Antonio.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, Fox’s two-hour ”So You Think You Can Dance” averaged a 2.4/7 in 18-49 and 6.5 million viewers overall , down 11% in the demo week to week and off 14% vs. the comparable night a year ago, which didn’t feature an NBA playoff game. ”Dance” was the night’s No. 1 broadcast in just about every 12-54 category and also stood as the most-watched series of the night.

At CBS, new unscripted series ”Dogs in the City” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall) declined about 30% from its OK premiere and came in down a bit vs. the repeat of ”Undercover Boss” that the net aired in the timeslot a year ago. CBS fared better from 9 to 11 p.m. with repeats of ”Criminal Minds” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall) and ”CSI” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall).

ABC aired a night of all comedy repeats: ”The Middle” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall), ”Suburgatory” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall), ”Modern Family” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall), ”Happy Endings” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall), ”Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23” (0.9/2 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall) and a second ”Modern Family” at 10:30 (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.1 million viewers overall).

NBC opened with encores of ”Off Their Rockers” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) and ”Up All Night” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall), followed by repeats of ”Law and Order: SVU” at both 9 (0.8/2 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall) and 10 (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 2.4/7; CBS and Univision, 1.2/3; ABC, 1.0/3; NBC, 0.9/3; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: Fox, 6.5 million; CBS, 5.8 million; NBC, 3.6 million; ABC and Univision, 3.2 million; CW, 0.7 million.

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