Ratings: FOX’s ‘Dance’ Perks Up With No ‘Voice’, Casey Anthony ABC Special; ‘Got Talent’, ‘Love In The Wild’ Drop

Written by Michael Lambarde on Jul. 07, 2011

With The Voice now done for the summer season, FOX gave a sigh of relief as So You Think You Can Dance rebounded in the ratings Wednesday, good enough to put FOX over the top in adults 18-49 with a 2.4 and 6.34 million viewers overall. NBC actually took first in viewers, 7.90 million, but second in the demo, 2.3. CBS was third with a 1.2 demo and 5.83 million viewers, ABC fourth with a 1.1 demo and 4.23 million viewers. CW took last with a 0.4 demo and 987,000 viewers.

FOX aired a two-hour live edition of So You Think You Can Dance from 8-10PM, which drew 6.4 million viewers and a 2.4 demo at 8PM against a much-weaker Minute to Win It on NBC, and then dropped slightly in the viewers at 9PM to 6.29 million viewers, but still a 2.4 demo, against the stronger America’s Got Talent on NBC. Fortunately for FOX, however, total viewership was up 16% from last week and up 21% in the demo (avg last week, 5.36 million, 1.9 demo).

Without The Voice at 8PM, the network slipped 28% in week-to-week demo comparisons and 22% in the demo (last week 10.18 million, 3.2). Minute to Win It substituting in for The Voice, drew 5.32 million viewers and a 1.4 demo. While the hour overall is down 60% in the demo compared to last week, Minute to Win It was never a huge hit for NBC. Next, America’s Got Talent drew 12.51 million viewers and a 3.5 demo. Without the nice lead-in of The Voice, Talent slipped 12% in the demo and 6% in total viewers (last week 13.3 million, 4.0), and was down a bit from Tuesday’s near-series highs. Week two of Love in the Wild drew 5.86 million viewers and a 1.9 demo, down 14% in the demo and 9% in total viewers from last week’s series premiere. If the numbers stay at where they are at, though, a 1.9 demo is very respectable during the summer months.

CBS went with an all-rerun line-up of Undercover Boss (4.32 million, 1.0), Criminal Minds (6.01 million, 1.3), and CSI (7.16 million). ABC had a 2/3 line-up of reruns, too, which did as following: The Middle (8PM, 4.22 million, 1.1); The Middle (8:30PM, 3.91 million, 1.0); Modern Family (3.85 million, 1.2); Happy Endings (2.54 million, 0.9). ABC capped off the night with a special airing of Primetime Nightline, where Barbara Walters interviewed Jose Baez, the lead defense attorney for Casey Anthony, and a juror was also interviewed. The special drew 5.42 million and a 1.3 demo.

CW went with two reruns of America’s Next Top Model — both episodes drew a 0.4 demo, but the 8PM episode drew 1.07 million viewers and the 9PM episode drew 910,000 viewers.