So You Think You Can Dance turns 200; ratings are up for network TV’s best talent competition

Fox’s best talent competition, So You Think You Can Dance, will air its 200th episode tonight, when the top 20 contestants will be revealed at the end of the Las Vegas week semi-finals. After 199 episodes and nine seasons, SYTYCD is still exceptionally strong.

Because of lower ratings, the show was cut down from two episodes a week to one this year, although that actually meant a longer season. But the cut may have helped the show: its ratings among people 18 to 49 are up 9 percent compared to last year, Media Life reports. And it’s the second-most popular summer show on the network, behind Hell’s Kitchen.

In its 9th season, So You Think You Can Dance remains network TV’s best competition series, perfecting elements introduced by American Idol and other studio-based competition shows. Cat Deeley presides over a parade of raw talent that sometimes causes the judges to cry and remains memorable years later.

How exactly it will evolve into a single-episode live performance/results show this year remains to be seen, and while it’s stumbled a few times, such as when it introduced that awful set, this show still has legs. (Ugh, sorry.)

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