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‘Dance’ Stomps the Competition; ‘Southland’ Wraps on High Note

May 22, 2009 10:17 AM

The season premiere of Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” outperformed the competition to win Thursday night, while the finale of NBC’s “Southland” posted weekly gains on a night heavy with repeats.

Southland

“Dance” on Fox scored a 3.4 rating/11 share among adults 18-49 and 8.8 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. Last night’s debut was down one-tenth of a rating point from last summer’s debut and ranks as the show’s lowest premiere rating. Television usage for the night, however, was down 10% compared with the same night last year.

At 10 p.m., NBC’s “Southland” (2.0/4, 6.4 million) wrapped up its first season, posting a weekly gain for the first time since debuting (up 25% over last week). Last night’s episode was 17% below the show’s season-to-date average. NBC aired comedy repeats from 8-10 p.m.

The two-hour season finale of ABC’s “Ugly Betty” averaged a 1.9/6 (6.3 million), down one-tenth of point from last week and falling 21% from the show’s season average. At 10 p.m., the network aired a repeat of “Grey’s Anatomy.”

CBS aired repeats of “NCIS,” “CSI” and “Flashpoint,” while The CW aired repeats of “Smallville” and “Supernatural.”

For the night: Fox (3.4/11, 8.8 million) finished first, followed by CBS (1.7/5, 8.2 million), ABC (1.6/5, 5.4 million), NBC (1.5/5, 4.2 million) and The CW (0.5/2, 1.4 million).

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