So You Think You Can Dance was again in close one hour battles from both Wipeout and America’s Got Talent, but Fox, as usual, won on Wednesday (with a 2.6 rating in the adults 18-49 demo) as the competition had nothing to back up their top shows.

While last night looked a lot like the previous Wednesday’s this summer, almost everything was down a bit. Wipeout’s adults 18-49 demo rating was down 7% to its lowest of the summer (2.8 > 2.6), So You Think You Can Dance was down 10% (2.9 > 2.6), America’s Got Talent was down 12% tieing its lowest of the summer (3.3 > 2.9),  Primetime: Crime was down 15% (2.0 > 1.7) and The Philanthropist was down 21% (1.4 > 1.1).

Is a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating enough to get The Philanthropist yanked off the schedule? Perhaps, but it’s still a lot better than the 0.7 that got The Listener canceled.

I Survived A Japanese Game Show had the distinction of being the only new episode to see a ratings increase over last week, 13% (1.5 > 1.7)

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 (million)
8:00 FOX So You Think You Can Dance? 2.6 10 2.5 10 6.892
ABC Wipeout 2.6 9 2.0 8 7.657
NBC America’s Got Talent (repeat) 1.6 6 1.1 4 6.514
CBS New Adventures of Old Christine (repeat) 1.0 4 0.7 3 4.012
CW America’s Next Top Model (repeat) 0.4 1 0.3 1 0.974
8:30 CBS Gary Unmarried (repeat) 1.2 4 0.8 3 4.037
9:00 NBC America’s Got Talent 2.9 9 2.1 7 11.384
FOX So You Think You Can Dance? 2.6 8 2.4 9 6.804
ABC I Survived A Japanese Game Show 1.7 5 1.4 5 4.409
CBS Criminal Minds (repeat) 1.7 5 0.8 3 7.300
CW America’s Next Top Model (repeat) 0.4 1 0.5 2 0.906
10:00 CBS CSI: NY (repeat) 1.8 6 1.2 4 7.977
ABC Primetime: Crime 1.7 5 1.1 4 5.578
NBC The Philanthropist 1.1 4 0.7 3 4.345

Shows are sorted by Adults 18-49 rating in each time slot.

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