Wednesday Ratings: Fox Is Top Dog — Even as CBS Unleashes the Hounds

May 31, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Fox ruled the roost in the Wednesday night ratings, as nothing on the other broadcast networks came close to the number for its two-hour “So You Think You Can Dance” in the Nielsen overnights, TVbytheNumbers.com reports. Meanwhile, a canine-themed series premiere on CBS pretty much rolled over.

Fox’s “Dance” pulled a 2.6 average rating in the key 18-49 demo, with nothing else mustering better than a 1.5 on a lackluster night for most of the networks.

Fox’s 2.6 average for prime time in 18-49 put it well ahead of CBS (1.3 average), Univision (1.2), ABC (1.2) and NBC (1.0). Things were tighter in total viewers, but Fox still won, averaging 7.0 million to 6.5 million for CBS, 3.6 million for ABC, 3.1 million for Univision and 2.7 million for NBC.

Some of the other networks didn’t even try to put up a fight. ABC aired all repeats, while NBC was saddled with a low-rated opening game in hockey’s Stanley Cup Finals. The NHL game had an initial 1.0 average rating in the 18-49 demo, with the disclaimer that the nature of the live broadcast means it may be subject to more than the standard level of adjustments. Initially, the game was down a whopping 44% from the 1.8 average for game one a year ago.

CBS didn’t have much to bark about either, airing all repeats except for the premiere of its new reality show “Dogs in the City” at 8 p.m., which follows a New York-based dog behavior expert. The premiere managed only a 1.3 average in 18-49.

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  1. What were the History Channel Ratings again?

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