Midsummer ratings doldrums have set in with a vengeance, as Fox, lead by So You Think You Can Dance, won the night with an 18-49 demo rating average of just 1.9.

I’m sure that once we see USA’s numbers (by press release or trade press) for Burn Notice and Royal Pains, they’ll be able to tout wins vs. broadcast shows on the night. Update: Indeed they did.

While it won its broadcast hour, Big Brother’s 18-49 demo rating fell 17% from its premiere last week (2.3 > 1.9). While many people like Harry Potter, few cared to watch the ABC News special on his author J.K. Rowling, as it drew but a 1.1 demo rating.

While So You Think You Can Dance was the top demo rated show of the night, it was still down 11% from last week (2.8 > 2.5).

In the category of too little too late, The Listener, recently canceled by NBC, increased its rating 71% from last week (0.7 > 1.2). Next week’s show is its last on NBC.

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

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 1.9 7 1.6 7 5.571
FOX Bones (repeat) 1.4 5 1.1 4 5.072
ABC JK Rowling: A Year in the Life 1.1 4 0.9 4 4.384
NBC 30 Rock (repeat) 1.1 4 0.9 4 3.350
CW Smallville (repeat) 0.5 2 0.4 2 1.417
8:30 NBC The Office (repeat) 1.2 4 1.0 4 3.031
9:00 FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.5 8 2.2 8 7.045
CBS CSI (repeat) 1.5 5 1.0 3 7.470
NBC The Office (repeat) 1.4 5 1.3 5 3.060
ABC Grey’s Anatomy (repeat) 0.8 2 0.6 2 2.810
CW Supernatural (repeat) 0.4 1 0.4 1 1.112
9:30 NBC 30 Rock (repeat) 1.2 4 1.1 4 2.788
10:00 CBS The Mentalist (repeat) 1.8 6 1.0 4 8.391
NBC The Listener 1.2 4 0.7 3 3.855
ABC Private Practice (repeat) 0.9 3 0.6 2 2.948

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

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