Weekly Ratings: Dance & House Keep FOX Hot
Despite the lack of interest in Steven Spielberg's reality series "On the Lot," FOX managed to win the first official week of summer hiatus in key demos courtesy of "So You Think You Can Dance" and "House" season finale.
Without the strong "American Idol" lead-in, the delayed season finale of "House" lost millions of viewers, but still easily became the week's top telecast with 17,23 million viewers .
Wednesday's edition of "So You Think You Can Dance" scored 9,33 million viewers, while the show on Thursday did even better pulling in 10,58 million, both placing among the week's top 5 in key demos.
Mark Burnett's FOX game show "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" bested his CBS reality series "Pirate Master" in the same Thursday at 8 p.m. timeslot (8,93 million vs. 6,99 million).
FOX's "Hell's Kitchen" also did respectable business opening last Monday with 8,16 million viewers, on a par with its ratings last year.
ABC's new celebrity impersonation show "The Next Best Thing" scored 7,75 million viewers, giving the network its best numbers in the timeslot since January.
Later at 10 p.m. the summer drama "Traveler" also did well - 6,28 million people tuned in, a decent result given the timeslot and the time of the year.
In addition to disappointing opening numbers for "Pirate Master" CBS also got little love for its claymation comedy "Creature Comforts" (6,18 million). Its 3 CSI dramas were however the week's top reruns, scoring 10-12 million viewers.
NBC's top programs were a repeat of "Law & Order: SVU" on Tuesday (8.47 million) and Monday's telecast of the "Miss Universe Pageant" (7.23 million), though the latter fell to its lowest scores in at least 20 years.
"Hidden Palms" on The CW last Wednesday was just that - hidden. Only 1,82 million people tuned in to sample the pilot. An original installment of "One Tree Hill" then pulled in only 2,23 million viewers.