TV Ratings Thursday: 'So You Think You Can Dance' Premieres Up

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May 27th, 2011

Scoreboard FOX CBS Uni ABC NBC CW
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 3.2/10 1.7/5 1.6/5 1.0/3 0.9/3 0.3/1
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 3.2/11 0.9/3 1.8/6 0.7/2 0.8/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 9.103 8.089 3.846 4.120 2.427 0.956

Of course Fox, led by So You Think You Can Dance topped the broadcast ratings on the first night of broadcast primetime summer, it was the only new show on the English broadcast networks! The show's 3.2 adults 18-49 rating was up 7% from last year's premiere on 5/27/10, and the average viewership of 9.1 million was its best since 5/24/07.

And in what will be a common occurrence this summer, Univision finished third among adults 18-49.

There were no other new shows in broadcast primetime last night. Summertime!

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, May 26, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.7 10 7.975
CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 2.1 7 8.173
ABC Wipeout - R 1.3 5 4.905
NBC COMMUNITY - R 0.8 3 2.830
CW THE Vampire Diaries - R 0.4 1 1.077
8:30 FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.9 9 8.512
CBS Rules of Engagement - R 1.8 6 6.762
ABC Wipeout - R 1.5 5 5.262
NBC 30 ROCK - R 0.8 3 2.390
CW THE Vampire Diaries - R 0.3 1 0.878
9:00 FOX So You Think You Can Dance 3.4 10 9.483
CBS CSI - R 1.5 4 7.588
NBC The Office - R 1.2 3 2.781
ABC Rookie Blue - R 0.9 3 4.068
CW Nikita - R 0.3 1 0.933
9:30 FOX So You Think You Can Dance 3.8 11 10.444
CBS CSI - R 1.4 4 7.842
ABC Rookie Blue - R 0.9 2 3.692
CW Nikita - R 0.3 1 0.935
10:00 CBS THE Mentalist - R 1.6 4 9.067
NBC 30 ROCK - R 1.0 3 2.257
ABC Rookie Blue - R 0.8 2 3.264
10:30 CBS THE Mentalist - R 1.6 4 9.101
ABC Rookie Blue - R 0.9 3 3.532
NBC The Office - R 0.9 3 2.058

Via NBC press note:

Late night ratings data coming ASAP.


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