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‘Dance,’ Basketball Dominate Wednesday

May 29, 2008 4:36 PM

So You Think You Can Dance“So You Think You Can Dance?” continued steady from its positive start Thursday, while the NBA Eastern Conference Finals on ESPN bested everything else broadcast television had to offer Wednesday night.

Fox’s two-hour “Dance” (3.6 rating/11 share in 18- to 49-year-olds) increased a tick over Thursday’s season premiere, but slipped 12% versus last year’s Wednesday start on May 30. That score gave Fox a commanding first-place finish.

Over on ESPN, Game Five of the Celtics-Pistons NBA Eastern Conference Finals pulled in a 2.7/8, beating everything on broadcast except “Dance.”

Second-place ABC (2.1/6) brought in new episodes of “Wife Swap” (2.2/7) and “Supernanny” (2.5/7), which were right around average. “Men in Trees” (1.5/4) tied its last episode in April as the program returned to its time period.

Dominated by repeats, CBS (2.0/6) placed third. NBC’s coverage of the third game of the Stanley Cup finals was 200% above last year’s Game Three (which aired on a Saturday) and 38% over Game Five (where the Anaheim Ducks won the Cup). But the game still gave NBC only a fourth-place finish with a 1.8/5.

The CW (0.8/2) ranked fifth with “Farmer Wants a Wife” (0.9/2), hitting its average.

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