Fox triumphant Thurs. with 'Dance' finale

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NEW YORK -- The finale of "So You Think You Can Dance" brought Fox to another Thursday win in viewership and the adult 18-49 demographic. It was the 13th consecutive Thursday night win in adults 18-49, a record for the network.

"Dance" was the top dog in viewership and adults 18-49 with 9.4 million viewers and a 3.5 rating/11 share in the demo, according to preliminary estimates released Friday by Nielsen Media Research.

"Dance" outperformed "Big Brother" between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., when the two shows competed. "Big Brother" (7.5 million, 2.7/9) lagged behind the 8.2 million and 3.1/10 in the first hour of "Dance." "Dance" peaked at 9:30 p.m. with 11.1 million viewers and a 4.1/12 in the demo.

CBS won at 10 p.m. with a repeat "Without a Trace" (9 million, 2.3/7). It was a tough night on both ABC and NBC, which ran repeats of its regular Thursday night lineup.

Thursday averages: Fox (9.4 million, 3.5/11); CBS (8.7 million, 2.5/8); ABC (3.6 million, 1.2/4); NBC (3.7 million, 1.5/5); and the CW (2 million, 0.8/3).
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