Head to head at 9pm, NBC’s America’s Got Talent trumped Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance? in the adults 18-49 demo 3.3 to 3.0, but the competition’s lack of bench strength on Wednesday again gave the nightly demo win to Fox.

This Wednesday looked a lot like last week, with a tight race at 8pm between So You Think You Can Dance? and Wipeout, and another at 9pm between Dance and Talent. But the fact that Fox fills the entire night with Dance, and the competition’s got only a single competitive hour once again allowed Fox to win the night in the adults 18-49 demo.

At 10pm, Primetime: Crime jumped 42% in the demo vs. last week’s premiere. Better crimes? or was it the Michael Jackson effect? And while The Philanthropist was down 0.1 rating point to a 1.4 in the 18-49 demo from last week, it may have found its floor (somewhere in the sub-basement) for the summer.

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? 2.8 10 2.9 11 7.251
ABC Wipeout 2.8 10 2.3 9 8.071
NBC America’s Got Talent (repeat) 1.6 6 1.0 4 6.198
CBS New Adventures of Old Christine (repeat) 1.0 4 0.6 2 4.083
CW America’s Next Top Model (repeat) 0.3 1 0.3 1 0.945
8:30 CBS Gary Unmarried (repeat) 1.1 4 0.7 3 3.972
9:00 NBC America’s Got Talent 3.3 10 2.2 7 11.691
FOX So You Think You Can Dance? 3.0 9 3.1 10 7.678
ABC I Survived A Japanese Game Show 1.5 5 1.4 5 4.092
CBS Criminal Minds (repeat) 1.5 4 0.7 2 6.977
CW America’s Next Top Model (repeat) 0.4 1 0.4 2 0.924
10:00 ABC Primetime: Crime 2.0 6 1.5 5 5.969
CBS CSI: NY (repeat) 1.5 5 0.9 3 7.171
NBC The Philanthropist 1.4 4 1.0 3 5.140

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

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