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.)

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.

Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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