July 01, 2011 9:25am PT by Philiana Ng
TV Ratings: 'So You Think You Can Dance,' 'Love Bites' Down
As the 4th of July weekend nears, viewers went on early vacation mode on Thursday night.
ABC topped the ratings in the ad-preferred adults 18-49 demographic, helped by the highest-rated program, Wipeout (6.5 million, 1.9). The reality series beat out Fox's So You Think You Can Dance results show (5 million, 1.6) in the time period -- though all of Thursday's original programs were down.
Mark Burnett's Expedition Impossible (6.1 million, 1.8) sank 25 percent at 9 p.m. and sophomore cop drama Rookie Blue (5.4 million, 1.4) dropped 13 percent. The latter dominated NBC's lone entry in originals on Thursday; Love Bites continued to dip, averaging 1.8 million and a 0.7 rating.
Notably it was a CBS repeat of The Mentalist at 10 p.m. that earned the title of the night's most-watched program, luring 7.8 million. Its closest competitor was lead-in, a repeat of CSI (6.7 million).