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‘Dance’ Triumphs for Fox, ‘Wipeout’ Debuts Almost Flat

May 28, 2009 11:14 AM

Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” ranked as the top show Wednesday night, while ABC’s “Wipeout” returned with slightly lower ratings than last year’s debut.

So You Think You Can Dance

Fox’s two-hour Wednesday night premiere of “Dance” scored a 3.5 rating/10 share among adults 18-49 and 8.6 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. “Dance” also showed strong growth from first half hour to final half hour, increasing 41% over the time period.

ABC’s “Wipeout” (3.2/10, 8.6 million) returned 14% lower than its debut last summer, when the show aired on Tuesday nights. Last night’s premiere edged out Fox’s “Dance” in the 8 p.m. hour (3.2 vs. 3.0).

The premiere of ABC’s “The Goode Family” (1.6/5, 3.9 million) lost 50% of its lead-in and performed 53% below the previous four-week average in the time period. Similarly, the time-period premiere of the network’s “Surviving Suburbia” (1.0/3, 2.8 million) declined from its lead-in as well. At 10 p.m., “The Unusuals” (1.2/3 3.9 million) scored its lowest rating to date.

CBS aired a special “George Straight: ACM Artist of the Decade All-Star Concert” (2.2/6, 10.6 million), followed by a repeat of “Criminal Minds.”

NBC aired a new-for-broadcast episode of “Law & Order: CI” (1.1/3, 5.1 million), followed by encores of “Law & Order: SVU” and “Law & Order.”

The CW aired repeats of “America’s Next Top Model” and “Hitched or Ditched.”

For the night: Fox (3.5/10, 8.6 million) led the way, followed by CBS (2.1/6, 10 million), ABC (1.9/5, 5.3 million), NBC (1.5/4, 6.1 million) and The CW (0.5/1, 1.2 million).

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