‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Helps FOX Win Thursday Ratings

Written by Michael Lambarde on Jun. 17, 2011

On a night where only 15% of the broadcast networks aired original, new programming, FOX won the night with 4.91 million viewers overall and a 1.6 demo among the advertisers’ coveted 18-49 demographic, much in part to reality series So You Think You Can Dance. The show scored 6.54 million viewers and a 2.2 demo, down 8% week-to-week in viewers (from 7.13 million) and down 12% in the demo, down from a 2.5 last Thursday, despite not having NBA competition this week. A repeat of Glee at 9PM drew 3.27 million and a 1.0 demo.

ABC (5.08 million viewers, 1.5 demo) was second in the 18-49 demographic, but third in total viewers, behind CBS. The network aired two repeats of Wipeout at 8PM and 9PM with the former doing 5.57 million and a 1.6, and the second doing 6.17 million with a 2.1 demo. The Alphabet closed the night with a repeat of Rookie Blue, 3.50 million and a 0.9 demo. CBS was next with 7.27 million viewers and a 1.4 demo. Comedy repeats of The Big Bang Theory (6.76 million, 1.8) and Rules of Engagement (5.60 million, 1.4) and repeats of CSI (7.37 million, 1.3) and The Mentalist (8.26 million, 1.4) aired on the Eye.

NBC scored an average 2.45 million viewers and a 0.9 demo with its line-up of comedy repeats: Community (2.23 million, 0.6), 30 Rock (2.01 million, 0.6), The Office (2.82 million, 1.1), and Parks & Recreation (2.63 million, 1.0). An original Love Bites drew 2.34 million viewers and a 1.0 demo, almost equal to the week prior’s 2.37 million and 1.0 demo. The CW aired reruns of The Vampire Diaries (820,000 viewers, 0.3) and Nikita (900,000 viewers, 0.3).


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