'Dance' takes bow as winner in viewers, demo


NEW YORK -- The first half of the "So You Think You Can Dance" finale scored for Fox, while the premiere of ABC's limited series "NASCAR in Prime" crashed right out of the gate.

The two-hour "Dance" was the night's top show in viewership (8.5 million) and the adults 18-49 demographic (3.2 rating/10 share), according to preliminary estimates released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research. "Dance" peaked at 9:30 p.m. with 9 million viewers, the only show to even cross the 9 million mark Wednesday.

"NASCAR" (3.2 million, 1.2/4) never got momentum, coming in a distant third against a repeat "CSI: Miami" (8.1 million, 2.1/6) and NBC's "Dateline" (6.6 million, 2.2/7) at 10 p.m.

CBS' new game show "Power of 10" (7.7 million, 1.9/7) settled for second place in viewership in the hour but was tied for second in adults 18-49 with a repeat "Outrageous Moments" (5.9 million, 1.9/6) over at NBC. NBC's "Last Comic Standing" (5.7 million, 2.5/7) was no match for "Dance." Neither was ABC's "Primetime" (4.9 million, 1.8/5)

Wednesday averages: Fox (8.5 million, 3.2/10); CBS (8 million, 2.0/6); ABC (4 million, 1.5/5); NBC (6.1 million, 2.2/7); and the CW (1.6 million, 0.6/2).