TV Ratings: FOX masters the 'Dance' Thursday

sytycd-auditions-s7-320.jpgFast National ratings for Thursday, May 27, 2010

There wasn't much competition for "So You Think You Can Dance's" seventh season premiere, which handily won FOX the ratings war Thursday night with okay numbers. A slew of reruns (including a strong episode of "The Mentalist") went up against the reality show, in addition to the series cliffhanger finale of ABC's "FlashForward," which pulled in lower ratings than the previous week's penultimate episode. NBC's "100 Questions" wasn't noticed by even less, sandwiched between sitcom reruns.

FOX averaged 8.2 million viewers and a 5.0 rating/9 share in households for the night. Next came CBS with 7.5 million and a 4.9/9, then ABC (3.8 million, 2.6/5), NBC (2.7 million, 1.8/3) and The CW (1.6 million, 1.0/2).

FOX also took the 18-49 demo with a 3.0 rating, far ahead of the distant second-place CBS, which had a 1.6. NBC had a 1.1, ABC a 1.0 and The CW trailed with a 0.6.

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

FOX: "So You Think You Can Dance" premiere (7.8 million viewers, 4.7/9 households)
ABC: "FlashForward" series finale (5.0 million, 3.2/6)
CBS: "How I Met Your Mother" rerun (4 million, 2.7/5), "Rules of Engagement" rerun (4.6 million, 3.1/6)
NBC: "Community" rerun (3 million, 2.1/4)/"100 Questions" (2.5 million, 1.7/3)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" rerun (1.8 million, 1.1/2)

18-49 leader:
"So You Think You Can Dance" premiere (2.8)

9 p.m.

FOX: "So You Think You Can Dance" premiere (8.5 million, 5.2/9)
CBS: "CSI" rerun (8.3 million, 5.4/9)
ABC: "Hollywood Salutes Matt Damon" (3.3 million, 2.3/4)
NBC: "The Office" rerun (3 million, 2.0/4)/"30 Rock" rerun (2.8 million, 1.9/3)
The CW: "Supernatural" rerun (1.5 million, 0.9/2)

18-49 leader: "So You Think You Can Dance" premiere (3.2)

10 p.m.

CBS: "The Mentalist" rerun (9.9 million, 6.4/12)
ABC: "Grey's Anatomy" rerun (3.1 million, 2.3/4)
NBC: "The Office" rerun (2.6 million, 1.7/3), "Parks and Recreation" rerun (2.3 million, 1.6/3)

18-49 leader: "The Mentalist" (1.8)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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