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Thursday Ratings: SYTYCD waltzes to victory

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July 31st, 2009

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE

Scoreboard FOX CBS Uni NBC ABC CW
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 2.0/7 1.7/6 1.4/4 1.2/4 0.8/3 0.5/2
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 1.8/7 1.2/4 1.4/5 0.9/3 0.6/2 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 6.295 7.379 3.393 3.548 3.029 1.271

Thursday night's airing of So You Think You Can Dance that winnowed the contest down to the final four led FOX to easy victory with an adults 18-49 rating of 2.5.  CBS' The Mentalist was the most-watched program of the night on broadcast with 8.26 million viewers, and third most-watched with the 18-49 set (Big Brother's 2.0 with adults 18-49 was second).

FOX will have four hours over two nights worth of SYTYCD next week.  Other than SYTYCD and The Mentalist being very impressive in reruns there really isn't much to say about the night. On the broadcast ratings front there won't really be anything interesting (at least to me) until the Sunday night results for the premiere of Defying Gravity -- I'll post something about that later.

Yes, I know -- you want to know how Burn Notice and Royal Pains did last night.  Me too!  Sadly, we don't get preliminary results for cable shows.  USA Network might do a press release about the numbers if they break more records, or some of the trades might pick them up, but even if that happens that's typically late afternoon on the west coast.  If I see them, I'll post them.  Otherwise we'll see them for sure on Tuesday.

You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 CBS Big Brother 2.0/7 1.6/7 6.40
FOX Bones (R) 1.5/5 1.3/5 5.19
NBC 30 Rock (R) 1.1/4 0.9/4 3.79
ABC Grey's Anatomy (R) 0.9/3 0.7/3 3.38
CW Smallville (R) 0.6/2 0.5/2 1.28
8:30 NBC Parks & Recreation (R) 1.0/3 0.8/3 2.97
9:00 FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.5/8 2.4/9 7.40
CBS CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (R) 1.4/4 0.8/3 7.48
NBC The Office (R) 1.3/4 1.2/4 3.17
ABC Grey's Anatomy (R) 1.0/3 0.7/3 3.31
CW Supernatural (R) 0.5/2 0.6/2 1.27
9:30 NBC 30 Rock (R) 1.3/4 1.1/4 3.03
10:00 CBS The Mentalist (R) 1.8/6 1.2/4 8.26
NBC Law & Order (R) 1.2/4 0.7/2 4.17
ABC Private Practice (R) 0.7/2 0.6/2 2.39

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Shows are sorted from highest 18-49 rating to lowest in each time slot.

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Definitions:

Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs which are currently in approximately 24.4% of all U.S. TV households. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 CBS Big Brother 2.0/7 1.6/7 6.40
FOX Bones (R) 1.5/5 1.3/5 5.19
NBC 30 Rock (R) 1.1/4 0.9/4 3.79
ABC Grey's Anatomy (R) 0.9/3 0.7/3 3.38
CW Smallville (R) 0.6/2 0.5/2 1.28
8:30 NBC Parks & Recreation (R) 1.0/3 0.8/3 2.97
9:00 FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.5/8 2.4/9 7.40
CBS CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (R) 1.4/4 0.8/3 7.48
NBC The Office (R) 1.3/4 1.2/4 3.17
ABC Grey's Anatomy (R) 1.0/3 0.7/3 3.31
CW Supernatural (R) 0.5/2 0.6/2 1.27
9:30 NBC 30 Rock (R) 1.3/4 1.1/4 3.03
10:00 CBS The Mentalist (R) 1.8/6 1.2/4 8.26
NBC Law & Order (R) 1.2/4 0.7/2 4.17
ABC Private Practice (R) 0.7/2 0.6/2 2.39
 
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