Ratings: 'So You Think You Can

Fox ruled primetime in key demos Wednesday behind “So You Think You Can Dance,” which joined the night’s only other Big Four original series — ABC’s “Motive” — in posting week-to-week ratings gains.

Wednesdays should pick up some starting next week with the season premiere of CBS’ “Big Brother” and the series premiere of NBC’s “Taxi: Brooklyn,” but things were pretty quiet last night.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “So You Think You Can Dance” averaged a 1.7 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 and 5.3 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., dominating in all key under-55 demos and also edging out CBS in total viewers for the time period. “Dance” bounced back nicely from its summer low of the previous week (1.3 in 18-49, 4.4 million), surging by about 30% in the demo.

ABC, which tied with CBS and NBC for second among the Big Four in 18-49, saw improved numbers for 10 p.m. original drama “Motive” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall), which pulled up into a tie with a repeat of “CSI” on CBS in 18-49. The Canadian drama was up 20% (0.2) week-to-week in 18-49 to match its summer high, while hitting a series-best score in adults 18-34 (0.9/3).

Earlier, the Alphabet aired repeats of comedies “The Middle” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall), “The Goldbergs” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall), “Modern Family” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall) and a second “Goldbergs” at 9:30 (1.1/3 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall).

CBS and NBC each aired three hours of crime drama repeats, with the former opening with a special “Hawaii Five-0″ (0.8/3 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall) followed by Wednesday regulars “Criminal Minds” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall) and “CSI” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall). And the Peacock went with a special “Law & Order: SVU” to kick things off (1.1/4 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall), followed by “SVU” in its regular timeslot (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall) and “Chicago PD” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall).

CW aired repeats of “Arrow” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 1.0 million viewers overall) and “The 100″ (0.3/1 in 18-49, 1.0 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 1.7/6; ABC, CBS and NBC, 1.0/3; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 5.5 million; Fox, 5.3 million; ABC, 4.2 million; NBC, 3.9 million; CW, 1.0 million.

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