SYTYCD episodes go online for the first time as ratings drop

Episodes of So You Think You Can Dance are going online for the first time as the televised version changes up its after losing viewers. Tonight’s episode will modify the series’ new format to feature finalists dancing with another finalist and an all-star in separate dances.

As to episodes going online, they will be delayed by five days; Fox says in a press release that “fans will be able to catch performance shows the Monday following the live broadcast while results shows will be available the Tuesday after they air.”

Both of these changes aren’t directly attributed to the show’s ratings decline, but they come as ratings are dropping. Last Thursday’s results show had fewer viewers than a repeat of CSI and a new episode of Rookie Blue, and was “down 17% from last week to another (I believe) low for this summer” among viewers 18 to 49, TV By the Numbers reported. The Tuesday performance show dropped 12 percent among viewers 18 to 49, the site reported.

A Fox press release, however, points out that this season is doing better than last fall’s with “impressive gains” such as “increasing +13% among Adults 18-49, +12% among Adults 18-34, +17% among Teens and +16% in Total Viewers.”

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