Fox dazzles with 'Dance' and 'Lyrics'


NEW YORK -- Fox won Wednesday's primetime with "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Don't Forget the Lyrics."

"Dance" (8.2 million, 3.0/10) prevailed between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. against repeat competition on the networks, though it did come up against stiffer competition between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Fox's "Lyrics" (7.8 million, 3.0/8) won in viewership at 9:30 p.m., but the last half-hour of "Last Comic Standing" (6.8 million, 2.9/8) tied it in adults 18-49. Farther down the list at 9 p.m. were ABC's "American Inventor" (5.3 million, 1.7/5) and CBS' "Criminal Minds" (6.8 million, 1.8/5).

"Lyrics" was up slightly compared with last week in adults 18-49. "Last Comic Standing" tied its highest demo rating so far this season.

The 10 p.m. hour split between a repeat "CSI: NY" (8.2 million, 2.1/6) in viewership and "Dateline NBC" (7.2 million, 2.8/8). An episode of ABC's canceled "The Nine" (3.2 million, 1.1/3) came in far third.

Wednesday averages: Fox (8.1 million, 3.0/9); NBC (6.8 million, 2.6/8); CBS (6.7 million, 1.9/6); ABC (4.3 million, 1.4/4); and the CW (1.6 million, 0.7/2).