TV Ratings Wednesday: 'So You Think You Can Dance' Leads Fox Win; NHL Stanley Cup Final Game One Preliminary Ratings Up

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June 2nd, 2011

Scoreboard FOX NBC ABC Uni CBS CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.0/9 TBD 1.7/5 1.5/4 1.3/4 0.5/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.1/11 TBD 1.4/5 1.5/5 0.7/2 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 8.354 TBD 5.084 3.472 6.213 1.235

Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for NBC (NHL Stanley Cup Final) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

In its second Wednesday, Fox's So You Think You Can Dance scored a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating, up 7% vs. the Wednesday timeslot premiere last season (6/2/10), but down 8% from last Thursday's season premiere, as Fox topped the adults 18-49 ratings on Wednesday night.

In a comparison of the preliminary fast affiliate ratings, Game 1 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final was up a tenth of a ratings point in the primetime portion Game 1 last season (1.8 adults 18-49 rating vs. 1.7), but note that Game 1 last season was on a Saturday night. We should have final ratings for the game later today or early on Friday.

Update: Here are the final ratings for the NHL game.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, June 1, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.6 9 7.413
NBC 2011 NHL STANLEY CUP FINAL 1.4 5 4.076
ABC THE MIDDLE - R 1.3 5 5.385
CBS MIKE & MOLLY - R 1.1 4 4.861
8:30 FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.9 9 8.117
ABC THE MIDDLE - R 1.6 5 5.379
NBC 2011 NHL STANLEY CUP FINAL 1.6 5 4.329
CBS Rules of Engagement - R 1.2 4 4.606
9:00 FOX So You Think You Can Dance 3.3 10 8.890
ABC Modern Family - R 2.2 6 6.205
NBC 2011 NHL STANLEY CUP FINAL 1.7 5 4.206
CBS Criminal Minds - R 1.4 4 6.670
ABC Modern Family - R 2.2 6 6.090
NBC 2011 NHL STANLEY CUP FINAL 2.0 5 4.881
CBS Criminal Minds - R 1.6 4 7.470
10:00 NBC 2011 NHL STANLEY CUP FINAL 1.8 5 4.327
ABC Cougar Town - R 1.5 4 4.053
CBS Blue Bloods - R 1.2 3 6.726
10:30 NBC 2011 NHL STANLEY CUP FINAL 2.3 6 5.407
CBS Blue Bloods - R 1.2 3 6.946
ABC Happy Endings - R 1.2 3 3.390

via NBC press note:

Late Night ratings information coming ASAP.

NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated. Starting with data for Mon 3/28/11, all program ratings will now include multiple viewings of a telecast on a DVR. Previously only the first viewing was counted. HUT/PUT will now consist of Live TV viewing and DVR playback at time of play. Previously, HUT/PUT consisted of live viewing and DVR playback credited to time of live telecast.

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