Fox wins night with 'Dance'

Two-hour show averaged 8.4 million viewers

NEW YORK -- Fox ran away with a dual victory in Wednesday night primetime, with "So You Think You Can Dance" prevailing in the adults 18-49 demographic.

The two-hour "So You Think You Can Dance" averaged 8.4 million viewers and a 2.9 rating/9 share in demo, according to preliminary estimates released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research. That was plenty high enough for first place in adults 18-49. CBS's repeat "Criminal Minds" (8.4 million, 1.7.5) edged it out in viewership for the night although "Dance" beat it head-to-head at 9 p.m.

"Dance" vanquished its other challengers, including CBS's "Big Brother" (6.3 million, 2.1/7) at 8 p.m. and NBC's "Baby Borrowers" (4.7 million, 2.0/6) at 9 p.m. "Big Brother" was up a notch from last week's tie for a record-low premiere. "Baby Borrowers" continued downward to its lowest-rated original episode, down 26% from its previous average (2.7/8).

ABC's "Primetime: Crime" (6.2 million, 2.1/6) bested repeats at 10 p.m.

For the night, Fox (8.4 million, 2.9/9) won in viewership and adults 18-49 over ABC (4.7 million, 1.7/5); CBS (7.4 million, 1.8/6); NBC (4.1 million, 1.5/5) and The CW (976,000, 0.4/1).
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