Fox’s ‘Dance,’ NBC’s Snowden Interview Top Quiet Wednesday

So You Think You Can Dance

Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” returned lower as it kicked off its 11th season Wednesday, but it was the night’s top-rated Big Four program among young adults. Also of note on the night was a solid showing for NBC’s interview with Edward Snowden, which closed out the night a winner.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “So You Think You Can Dance” averaged a 1.6 rating/5 share in adults 18-49 and 5.3 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m. — down 16% (0.3) from its mid-May opener of last year. It was the top broadcast series on the night in 18-49, winning each half-hour.

Elsewhere, NBC ran second in young adults thanks to its 10 p.m. Brian Williams report “Inside the Mind of Edward Snowden” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall), which was the Big Four leader in both 18-49 and 25-54 (1.9/5); last summer, the net averaged a 1.1 rating in 18-49 in the timeslot. Earlier, NBC got decent mileage out of a repeat of last Thursday’s two-hour season premiere of “Last Comic Standing” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall).

At ABC, “The Goldbergs” looked pretty good in its first try in its fall timeslot of 8:30 p.m., as a repeat (1.1/4 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall) retained all of its demo lead-in from a repeat “The Middle” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall). It was followed by repeats of “Modern Family” at 9 (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall) and another “Goldbergs” at 9:30 (1.1/3 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall). An original episode of “Motive” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall) closed out the night, matching its week-ago season premiere average.

CBS aired repeats of crime dramas “Hawaii Five-0” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall), “Criminal Minds” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall) and “CSI” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall).

CW’s “The 100” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.7 million viewers overall) edged up a tenth from last week, building off its repeat “Arrow” lead-in (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.9 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 1.6/5; NBC, 1.2/4; ABC, CBS and Univision, 1.0/3; Telemundo, 0.6/2; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 6.3 million; Fox, 5.3 million; NBC, 4.7 million; ABC, 4.1 million; Univision, 2.7 million; Telemundo, 1.5 million; CW, 1.3 million.

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  1. michaelZ says:

    Wow. SYTYCD plummets 16% against zero competition. Reilly’s exit same day. Coincidence?

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