'Circus' bow is less than elephantine


NBC's all-American bummer continues.

The 90-minute premiere of "Celebrity Circus" had a modest opener Wednesday night with a premiere on par with the network's other recent reality debuts.

Still, there's some silver lining. With plenty of repeats on the schedule, "Circus" (6.5 million, 2.3/6) was the second-highest-rated show of the night. After it got out from under Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance," "Circus" won the 10 p.m. hour. "Deal or No Deal" (8.5 million, 2.1/7) served as a lead-in.

Fox won the night with "Dance" (8.8 million, 3.4/11), followed by NBC. CBS was third with repeats (averaging 7.9 million, 1.7/5). ABC came in fourth with repeats and the series finale of "Men in Trees" (4.5 million, 1.1/3). The CW aired a repeat and "Farmer Wants a Wife" (2 million, 0.8/2). (partialdiff)