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TV Ratings: So You Think You Can Dance Tops First Night Of Summer; Flash Forward Finale Fizzles

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May 28th, 2010


Scoreboard FOX Uni CBS NBC ABC CW
rating/Share: Adults 18-49 3.0/10 1.6/5 1.6/5 1.1/3 1.0/3 0.6/2
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 2.9/11 1.8/6 0.8/3 0.9/3 0.7/3 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 8.168 3.925 7.540 2.713 3.802 1.625


The premiere of Fox's So You Think You Can Dance skipped easily above the mostly repeat competition on the first night of broadcast primetime summer, while the series finale of Flash Forward tied its series low adults 18-49 rating.

The 3.0 adults 18-49 rating for the premiere of So You Think You Can Dance was up 11% from its Fall 2009 premiere, but down 12% from its summer cycle premiere ratings last May.

The series finale of ABC's Flash Forward fell 19% vs. last week to a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating tieing a series low. Apparently few were interested in the special Hollywood Salutes Matt Damon, it drew but a 0.8 rating.

NBC's 100 Questions, originally announced as part of its 2009-10 mid-season replacements, premiered with just a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating. Even with the Lenopocalypse, NBC decided not to put the show in its regular season lineup instead ordering more episodes of ratings losers like Trauma and Mercy, perhaps now we know why.

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (Millions)
8:00 FOX So You Think You Can Dance (premiere) 2.7 10 7.493
ABC FlashForward (series finale) 1.4 5 5.075
CBS How I Met Your Mother (repeat) 1.1 4 4.022
NBC Community (repeat) 0.9 3 2.980
CW The Vampire Diaries (repeat) 0.8 3 1.828
8:30 FOX So You Think You Can Dance (premiere) 2.9 10 8.082
ABC FlashForward (series finale) 1.3 4 4.842
CBS Rules of Engagement (repeat) 1.3 4 4.628
NBC 100 Questions (premiere) 0.8 3 2.524
CW The Vampire Diaries (repeat) 0.8 2 1.770
9:00 FOX So You Think You Can Dance (premiere) 3.1 10 8.430
CBS CSI (repeat) 1.5 5 7.746
NBC The Office (repeat) 1.3 4 2.987
ABC Hollywood Salutes Matt Damon (special) 0.8 3 3.304
CW Supernatural (repeat) 0.5 2 1.458
9:30 FOX So You Think You Can Dance (premiere) 3.3 10 8.667
CBS CSI (repeat) 1.8 5 8.948
NBC 30 Rock (repeat) 1.2 4 2.827
ABC Hollywood Salutes Matt Damon (special) 0.8 2 3.388
CW Supernatural (repeat) 0.5 1 1.444
10:00 CBS The Mentalist (repeat) 1.9 6 10.079
NBC The Office (repeat) 1.2 4 2.634
ABC Grey's Anatomy (repeat) 0.8 2 2.997
10:30 CBS The Mentalist (repeat) 1.8 6 9.816
NBC Parks & Rec (repeat) 1.1 3 2.326
ABC Grey's Anatomy (repeat) 0.9 3 3.206

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