TV ratings: 'So You Think' premiere leads Thursday
FOX scores a narrow win over CBS reruns
TV's summer season officially started Thursday with FOX and "So You Think You Can Dance" taking the night.
CBS led the night in households with a 5.5 rating/10 share, but FOX (5.3/9) had the most total viewers, drawing 8.78 million people to CBS' 8.17 million. ABC, 3.7/7, finished third. NBC took fourth with a 2.8/5, and The CW trailed at 1.0/2.
FOX easily won the adults 18-49 demographic; its 3.4 rating was double that of second-place CBS, 1.7. ABC averaged 1.6, followed by NBC, 1.5, and The CW, 0.5.
The "So You Think You Can Dance" premiere drew a 5.1/9 for FOX at 8 p.m., tying an "NCIS" rerun on CBS in households but leading the total-viewer count by about a million people. The "Ugly Betty" season finale on ABC drew a 4.1/7. Repeats of "My Name Is Earl" and "30 Rock" averaged 2.1/4 for NBC. The CW went with a "Smallville" repeat.
CBS took the lead at 9 p.m. with a "CSI" repeat, 6.6/11. Hour two of "So You Think You Can Dance" improved to 5.5/9 on FOX. "Ugly Betty" finished with a 4.2/7, keeping ABC in front of NBC's encores of "The Office" and "30 Rock," which averaged 2.2/4. "Supernatural" closed out the night for The CW.
A "Flashpoint" rerun, 5.0/9, kept CBS on top at 10. The season finale of "Southland" delivered a 4.2/8 for NBC, and a "Grey's Anatomy" rerun on ABC came in at 2.6/5.
Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.
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