There's been lots of discussion about So You Think You Can Dance's move to the fall season, and much has been of the "it'll never beat X or Y show", but I think that's besides the point. Ultimately Fox needs it to do better than what it had in the same day/timeslot last season. Similar to their move of Bones to Thursdays. Fox didn't "beat" the competition on Thursday's, but they beat their own previous Thursday results.
Tonight's "So You Think You Can Dance" celebrates the dance competition's 100th episode, a fact that executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe is still digesting. [...]
Mike Darnell, Fox's president of alternative entertainment, said "SYTYCD" will move to the more competitive broadcast season because of its "ridiculously consistent" ratings. It has drawn an average of 8.9 million viewers season-to-date. "This show has earned its trip to fall," Darnell said. "It's done incredibly well in the summer, and its fan base is very loyal, so I think people will follow it there. We're also hoping there's a new audience that will find it in the fall."
via Los Angeles Times.