'Dance,' 'Lyrics' a winning combo for Fox


NEW YORK -- Fox won Wednesday's primetime with "So You Think You Can Dance" plus a good premiere of "Don't Forget the Lyrics."

"Lyrics" might not have hit the same high notes as NBC's "Singing Bee" the night before, but it didn't do too badly either. It was the night's highest-rated program, with 8.1 million viewers and a 3.4 rating/10 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research.

It improved upon "Dance" ( 8.4 million, 3.0/10), which also won its time period between 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. That was ahead of NBC's "America's Got Talent" (7.5 million, 2.6/8), which was its lowest rating so far this season.

ABC got a second-place finish at 8 p.m. with "The Next Best Thing" (7.1 million, 2.0/7) but fell at 9 p.m. with "American Inventor" (5.7 million, 2.0/6).

The 10 p.m. hour went to "Last Comic Standing" (6.9 million, 2.9/9) in adults 18-49 and to a repeat "CSI: NY" (8.6 million, 2.3/7) in viewership, while ABC's drama "Traveler" (3.5 million, 1.2/3) continued to fade away.

Wednesday averages: Fox (7.7 million, 3.1/10); CBS (6.9 million, 1.9/6); NBC (6.4 million, 2.4/7); ABC (5.4 million, 1.7/5); and the CW (1.4 million, 0.6/2).