TV ratings: FOX and NBC duel to Wednesday draw


Fast National ratings for Wednesday, July 22, 2009

NBC and FOX finished in a virtual tie among total viewers on Wednesday night, but FOX scored a clear win in the adults 18-49 demographic thanks to "So You Think You Can Dance."

ABC, CBS and NBC covered a White House news conference at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday, so their ratings are likely to change some. As things stand now, though, NBC had the biggest audience with 7.39 million people, edging FOX's 7.32 million (both networks drew a 4.6 rating/8 share in households). CBS came in third with just under 6 million viewers and a 4.1/7. ABC (5.3 million, 3.2/6) finished fourth, and The CW trailed with 1.2 million viewers and a 0.8/1.

FOX led the adults 18-49 demographic with a 2.8 rating, well ahead of second-place ABC's 1.7. NBC was close behind at 1.6. CBS averaged 1.2 and The CW 0.5.

The hour-by-hour breakdown:

8 p.m.

FOX: "So You Think You Can Dance" (7.3 million viewers, 4.6/9 households)
NBC: Presidential news conference (6.4 million, 4.1/8)
ABC: News conference (5.8 million, 3.9/7)
CBS: News conference (4.3 million, 3.0/6)
The CW: "America's Next Top Model" rerun (1.2 million, 0.8/1)

18-49 leader: "So You Think You can Dance" (2.8)

9 p.m.

NBC: "America's Got Talent" (11.1 million, 6.6/11)
FOX: "So You Think You Can Dance" (7.3 million, 4.7/8)
CBS: "Criminal Minds" rerun (6.4 million, 4.4/7)
ABC: "Wipeout" (6.2 million, 3.5/6)
The CW: "America's Next Top Model" rerun (1.1 million, 0.7/1)

18-49 leader: "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.9)

10 p.m.

CBS: "CSI: NY" (7.2 million, 4.9/9)
NBC: "The Philanthropist" (4.7 million, 3.1/6)
ABC: "I Survived a Japanese Game Show" (3.8 million, 2.3/4)

18-49 leader: "CSI: NY" (1.4)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change, especially in the case of live telecasts.

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