It’s been years since Britney Spears had a hit song, but her fans remain devoted to, or at least concerned about, the former pop princess nonetheless. Last night her primetime chat with Matt Lauer was the night’s highest-rated non-basketball show among adults 18-49, even outdrawing Fox hit “So You Think You Can Dance.”

The special Spears edition of Dateline averaged a 3.8 adults 18-49 overnight rating, placing first in its 9 p.m. timeslot. It outdrew ABC’s Game 4 of the NBA finals by some 10 percent and finished a full 0.7 ahead of Fox’s “Dance,” which has been this summer’s breakout hit.

The Spears chat boosted NBC to No. 2 for the night behind ABC on a very slow Thursday. But it did not do quite as well as past celebrity summer chats with Brad Pitt, which averaged a 4.1 on ABC last summer, or Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, who averaged a 5.1 on NBC three years ago.

Spears told “Today’s” Matt Lauer that things are totally awesome between her and husband Kevin Federline, despite tabloid rumors to the contrary. She denied a story in Us Weekly that Federline, with whom she’s currently expecting baby No. 2, is living in the basement.

She also took digs at the paparazzi, saying they’ve crossed the line and that she feels like a target.

Meanwhile, ABC was No. 1 for the night with a 3.4 rating and 11 share among adults 18-49. NBC was second at 3.0/9, followed by CBS at 2.5/8, Fox at 2.4/8, Univision at 1.7/3, and the WB and UPN each at 0.7/2.

At 8 p.m., NBC and ABC tied at No. 1 with a 2.1 rating for “My Name is Earl” and “The Office” reruns on NBC and “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and “NBA Nation” on ABC. Univision was No. 3 with a 2.0 for “La Fea Mas Bella,” followed by CBS’s “Gameshow Marathon” and Fox’s “That 70s Show” reruns each at 1.8, UPN’s “Everybody Hates Chris” and “Love, Inc.” reruns at 0.9, and WB’s “Smallville” repeat at 0.8.

At 9 p.m., NBC led with a 3.8 for “Dateline,” followed by the first hour of Game 4 of the NBA Finals at a 3.5 on ABC. Fox was third with “So You Think You Can Dance” at 3.1, followed by CBS’s “CSI” repeat at 2.9 and Univision’s 1.9 for “Barrera de Amor.” Trailing were WB at 0.6 for a “Supernatural” repeat and UPN at 0.5 for repeats of “Eve” and “Cuts.”

At 10 p.m., ABC was at No. 1 again at 4.5 for the rest of the NBA Finals game, trailed by NBC’s “Windfall” at 3.1, CBS’s “Without a Trace” repeat at 2.8 and Univision’s “Casos de la Vida Real” at 1.3.

Among households, CBS led for the night with a 6.6 rating and 12 share, followed by ABC at 6.0/11, NBC at 4.9/9, Fox at 3.8/7, Univision at 1.9/3, WB at 1.3/2 and UPN at 1.1/2.

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