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#SYTYCD surged to its highest young-adults rating of the season so far Wednesday night

Dancing alone works for Fox.

With virtually no original competition on the four major television networks, "So You Think You Can Dance" surged to its highest young-adults rating of the season so far Wednesday night, according to early numbers from Nielsen.

The Fox dance-off earned a rating of 1.7 among key 18- to 49-year-olds in its fourth episode of Season 11, rising 31% from last week and out-rating its premiere.

In total viewership, the show increased 20% to 5.27 million people tuning in. The premiere drew 5.3 million overall.

"SYTYCD" earned the highest 18-49 rating of the night, but a "CSI" rerun had the most viewers overall (nearly 6 million).

Elsewhere on broadcast TV, the lack of originals appeared to help ABC's "Motive" rise to a 1.0 in 18-49, up 25% from last week's weak result.

On cable, ESPN is having a strong run so far with the World Cup soccer tournament in Brazil.

Through 20 matches so far, the ESPN cable networks are averaging a 2.8 household rating in Nielsen's 56 metered markets, helped by a big number from the United States' victory over Ghana. That's up 27% from the first 20 contests in the 2010 event in South Africa.

Wednesday's matches rated as follows in ESPN's metered-market averages: Spain-Chile (2.6), Cameroon-Croatia (2.4) and Australia-Netherlands (1.9).

Total viewership and demo numbers for those matches will be available later on Thursday.

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