Fox and So You Think You Can Dance towered over the mostly repeat competition on the first night of TV summer averaging a 3.4 rating in the 18-49 demo, twice that of second place ABC. The only other new English broadcast TV episodes last night, the season finales of Ugly Betty and Southland limped across the finish line.

The premiere of So You Think You Can Dance was just 0.1 demo ratings points below its 2008 premiere night. In today’s broadcast TV environment, that’s quite an achievement.

Ugly Betty, moving to Friday next Fall, managed only a 1.9 demo rating for its season finale. Southland, also headed to Fridays, grabbed a 2.0 rating. Not good, but better than last week’s episode against finale competition. Now, if they could only manage to air it against repeats all the time.

For reference you can check out past Thursday night fast affiliate ratings reports here.

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share 18-34 Rating 18-34 Share Viewers Live+SD (Millons)
8:00 FOX So You Think You Can Dance (premiere) 3.2 11 3.0 12 8.412
ABC Ugly Betty (finale) 1.8 6 1.6 6 6.165
CBS NCIS (repeat) 1.3 5 0.7 3 7.370
UNI Cuidado con el Angel 1.2 4 1.4 5 3.286
NBC My Name is Earl (repeat) 1.1 4 0.7 3 3.317
CW Smallville (repeat) 0.5 2 0.4 2 1.42
8:30 NBC 30 Rock (repeat) 1.2 4 0.9 3 2.795
9:00 FOX So You Think You Can Dance (premiere) 3.6 11 3.3 11 9.138
ABC Ugly Betty (finale) 2.0 6 1.6 5 6.378
CBS CSI (repeat) 1.9 6 1.0 3 9.636
UNI Mañana Es Para Siempre 1.8 5 1.9 6 4.223
NBC The Office (repeat) 1.4 4 1.3 4 3.279
CW Supernatural (repeat) 0.5 1 0.6 2 1.292
9:30 NBC 30 Rock (repeat) 1.3 4 1.2 4 3.187
10:00 NBC Southland (finale) 2.0 6 1.7 6 6.390
CBS Flashpoint (repeat) 1.8 5 1.0 3 7.489
UNI Mujeres Asesinas 1.5 4 1.6 5 3.333
ABC Grey’s Anatomy (repeat) 1.1 3 0.9 3 3.608

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

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. 


Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs which are currently in approximately 24.4% of all U.S. TV households. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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