A Katie Holmes boosted So You Think You Can Dance lead Fox to the nightly win in adults 18-49, but a surprising Univision captured second in 18-49 and first in 18-34. The finales of Samantha Who? on ABC and The Listener on NBC were barely watched.

At 8pm, Big Brother was up a tenth in the adults 18-49 demo from last week, while the finale(s) of Samantha Who? drew but a 0.9 adults 18-49 demo rating, not even as much as the JK Rowling special last week. For the record, ratings would have indicated that SW?, Scrubs and Better Off Ted all should have been shown the door last season.

So You Think You Can Dance picked up a nice boost to a 2.9 demo rating, up from last week’s 2.5. The competition was effectively the same, so perhaps the dancing is getting more interesting. Ah, the show featured Katie Holmes, that’s the ticket.

At 10pm, the last episode of The Listener to air on NBC (although it will live on in other countries), managed only a 1.0 demo rating.

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Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share 18-34 Rating 18-34 Share Viewers Live+SD (Millions)
8:00 CBS Big Brother 11 2.0 7 1.5 6 6.415
FOX Bones (repeat) 1.5 5 0.8 3 5.444
NBC 30 Rock (repeat) 1.1 4 1.0 4 3.210
ABC Samantha Who? 0.9 3 0.7 3 3.463
CW Smallville (repeat) 0.5 2 0.4 2 1.396
8:30 NBC The Office (repeat) 1.1 4 1.0 4 2.658
ABC Samantha Who? (finale) 0.9 3 0.6 2 3.310
9:00 FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.9 9 2.6 9 8.418
CBS CSI (repeat) 1.6 5 0.7 3 7.683
NBC The Office (repeat) 1.3 4 1.3 5 2.971
ABC Grey’s Anatomy (repeat) 0.8 2 0.5 2 2.776
CW Supernatural (repeat) 0.4 1 0.4 1 1.136
9:30 NBC 30 Rock (repeat) 1.2 4 1.0 4 2.759
10:00 CBS The Mentalist (repeat) 2.0 6 1.1 4 9.537
NBC The Listener (last on NBC) 1.0 3 0.5 2 3.376
ABC Private Practice (repeat) 0.6 2 0.5 2 2.252

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

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