'Dance' Finale Carries FOX Thursday

Fast National ratings for Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007

The finale of "So You Think You Can Dance" propelled FOX to a ratings win Thursday, holding off CBS.

FOX and CBS each averaged a 5.8 rating/10 share among households for the night, but FOX had more total viewers: 9.37 million to CBS' 8.66 million. ABC, 2.6/5, took third in households, although NBC (2.5/4) had a few more viewers. The CW trailed with a 1.2/2.

The adults 18-49 demographic went to FOX, which drew a 3.5 rating among the viewers advertisers covet. CBS came in second with a 2.5. NBC drew a 1.5 to take third, followed by ABC, 1.2, and The CW, 0.8.

The first half of the "So You Think" finale earned a 5.2/9 for FOX at 8 p.m. "Big Brother" scored a 4.7/9 to put CBS in second place. Reruns of "My Name Is Earl," 3.0/6, and "30 Rock," 2.4/4, on NBC edged ABC's "Ugly Betty" in viewers. "Smallville" delivered a 1.3/2 for The CW.

"So You Think You Can Dance" climbed to 6.5/11 at 9 p.m. as Sabra Johnson was crowned this season's champion. CBS was close behind with "CSI," 6.4/11. A "Grey's Anatomy" rerun on ABC, 2.6/5, was third in households, but NBC's "The Office," 2.7/5, and "Scrubs," 2.2/4, brought in a few more viewers. The CW held steady with "Supernatural."

At 10 p.m., CBS' "Without a Trace" dominated the hour with a 6.2/11. "Men in Trees" posted a 2.5/4 for ABC, good enough to beat the 2.3/4 for "ER" on NBC.

  • Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.