August 18, 2005

‘Dance’ wins Wednesday ratings competition

By Cynthia Littleton

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Fox trotted to the
nightly win Wednesday as the competition began in earnest on
"So You Think You Can Dance."

The dance contest series brought in an average of 8.5
million viewers and 3.4 rating/10 share in the adults 18-49
demographic from 8:30-10 p.m. against mostly repeat
competition. The half-hour "Dance" preshow (5.9 million, 2.4/9)
that ran at 8 p.m. also won its time slot.

NBC was in basic cable territory with its 8-10 p.m. block
of repeats of comedy "The Office," which hovered around the 3.5
million viewer mark; the 10 p.m. repeat of "Law & Order" (6.8
million, 2.2/6) turned the lights on for the network.

CBS also came alive at 10 p.m. with a repeat of "CSI: NY"
(7.8 million, 2.6/7) leading out of a block of sitcom repeats
and 9 p.m.'s "Rock Star: INXS" (5.6 million, 2.3/7). ABC's only
real sign of life came at 9 p.m. with a fresh installment of
"Brat Camp" (7.1 million, 2.4/7).

Fox easily took the nightly bragging rights in total
viewers (7.8 million) and adults 18-49 (3.2/10). CBS was its
closest competitor in both measures (6.3 million, 2.2/7).

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter