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TV ratings: 'Dateline' O.J. Simpson special tops Wednesday

TV ratings: 'Dateline' O.J. Simpson special tops Wednesday
O.J. Simpson, in this infamous 1995 photo, holds up his hands before the jury after struggling to put on a pair of gloves during his double-murder trial in Los Angeles. (Vince Bucci / Associated Press)

It's been 20 years since the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, but the continued fascination in the O.J. Simpson case drove NBC's "Dateline" to a ratings win on an otherwise quiet Wednesday night.

The "Dateline" special, "The People vs. O.J. Simpson: What the Jury Never Heard," drew 6.23-million viewers on average, according to early numbers from Nielsen, making it the most-watched program on the four major broadcast networks.

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"Dateline" also won the night in the key 18-to-49-year-old demographic, earning a rating of 1.4, where a ratings point equals about 1.3-million viewers.

Adding in the low results from the finale of the canceled rookie comedy "Growing Up Fisher," NBC tied dance-off-driven Fox in the key demo. Each notched a 1.3 in 18-to-49, pending updates from Nielsen, while NBC had a roughly 1-million-person advantage in overall viewership.

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Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" earned a 1.3 in the demo, down 13% from last week.

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Elsewhere on television, Univision's telenovela "Lo Que La Vida Me Robó" actually matched "Dateline" in the 18-to-49 demo.

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Meanwhile, Game 4 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final between the L.A. Kings and the New York Rangers aired on cable, so its national numbers won't be released until later Thursday.

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