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Cable TV Ratings: ‘Burn Notice,’ ‘Dance Crew’ Score

USA Network and MTV scored big ratings numbers with finales of their original series “Burn Notice” and “America’s Best Dance Crew”, beating broadcast shows in some key demographics.

“Burn Notice” set series records with 6.1 million total viewers and 2.74 million adults 18 to 49 years old. The show finished third in its time slot for all of television, trailing only new episodes of “E.R.” on NBC and CBS’ “Eleventh Hour.”

This season’s finale beat season one’s curtain call last summer by 31% in total viewers and 33% in adults 18 to 49.

Meanwhile more than 3.4 million viewers tuned into MTV for the finale of “America’s Best Dance Crew.”

The show was the top-rated cable show among people 12 to 34 years old, the key demo for MTV. “Dance Crew” raised its numbers 23% from the prior week among adults 18 to 49, the show’s best performance since the finale of season one.

“Dance Crew” beat broadcast competition in its timeslot among people 12-34 and females 12 to 34, and all teen demos. It also finished behind only “E.R,” among adults 18 to 34.

(Editor: Baumann)