Fox's 'Dance' edges out hoops for Thurs. win


NEW YORK -- Dancing trumped basketball with Fox's primetime victory Thursday.

"So You Think You Can Dance" was the night's top show with 10.9 million viewers and a 4.2 rating/12 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates released Friday by Nielsen Media Research. It was the second consecutive day that Fox won both measures with the same show.

It beat the first game of the NBA finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the San Antonio Spurs, which was telecast by ABC and ended with the Spurs defeating the Cavaliers, 85-76. The game averaged 8.2 million viewers and a 3.3 rating/10 share in adults 18-49.

Fox won at 8 p.m. with "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" (9.1 million, 2.9/10), which easily defeated CBS' "Pirate Masters" (6.3 million, 1.9/7) as well as ABC's "Fast Cars & Superstars" (5.6 million, 1.9/7) and the NBA pregame show (4.9 million, 1.9/6) plus repeats on NBC between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.

The NBA finals prevailed between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. with 8.5 million viewers and a 3.5/10 in adults 18-49 against a repeat "Shark" (9.1 million, 2.3/7) as well as an original of the canceled "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (4.3 million, 1.7/5)

Thursday averages: Fox (10 million, 3.6/11); CBS (8.5 million, 2.2/7); ABC (7.2 million, 2.8/9); NBC (4.4 million, 1.7/5); and the CW (2 million, 0.7/2).