The season finale of "So You Think You Can Dance" on Thursday dipped 9 percent from last season's closer, while CBS has a tenuous overall win for the niight thanks to top-rated "Big Brother," according to preliminary numbers.
With initial Fast Track numbers inflated for the Big Three due to local NFL preseason coverage, "Big Brother," on CBS at 9 p.m., took the night's top ratings slot, posting a 28 percent leap over last week with 3.2 rating/9 share in the adults 18-49 demographic and 8.5 million total viewers.
Though this gave CBS an overall win for the night among adults 18-49, with initial network numbers inflated, it's not at all certain that CBS will retain that title, and it's possible that Fox will rank first for the night in the 18-49 demo when the final numbers are in.
Though the season finale of "Dance" on Fox from 8 to 10 was down 9 percent versus last year, the show enjoyed a 24 percent jump over last week, garnering a 2.1/7 in the demo and 6.2 million total viewers, though
ABC's lineup consisted of "Wipeout" at 8, which took a 1.9/6 in the demo and 6.3 million total viewers; "Expedition Impossible" the following hour with a 1.6/4 in the demo and 5.2 million total viewers; and "Rookie Blue" rounding out the night at 10 with a 1.4/4 in the demo and 5 million total viewers.
NBC's Thursday primetime roster consisted of repeats.