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FOX Cruises on Slow Thursday: Originals Outpace Repeats, ‘Swingtown’ on CBS

June 20, 2008

By Zap2It, Chicago

Jun. 20–Fast National ratings for Thursday, June 19, 2008

Even for summer, Thursday’s ratings were a little bit soft. FOX rode a full night of original programming to a victory.

FOX averaged a 5.2 rating/9 share in primetime to score a comfortable win over second-place CBS, 4.1/7. NBC took third with a 3.0/5. ABC’s 2.4/4 was good enough for fourth, and The CW trailed with a 1.4/3.

The adults 18-49 crown also went to FOX, which drew a 2.5 rating in the demographic. CBS came in second with a 1.8, edging NBC’s 1.7. ABC averaged 1.0 and The CW 0.7.

“Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?,” 5.1/10, put FOX on top at 8 p.m. A pair of “How I Met Your Mother” repeats averaged 2.9/5 for CBS. “The Office,” 2.5/5, and “Last Comic Standing,” 2.4/4, finished third for NBC, just ahead of an “Ugly Betty” rerun on ABC. “Smallville” drew a 1.5/3 for The CW.

FOX held the lead at 9 p.m. with “So You Think You Can Dance,” 5.3/9. CBS improved to 5.1/9 with “CSI.”"Last Comic Standing” scored a 3.3/5 for NBC. A “Grey’s Anatomy” rerun on ABC earned a 2.4/4, while The CW aired a “Supernatural” repeat.

At 10 p.m., CBS’ “Swingtown” led a lightly viewed hour with a 4.3/8. “Fear Itself,” 3.1/6, kept NBC ahead of ABC and more “Grey’s Anatomy,” 2.5/5.

–Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.

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