ABC's 'Duets' Tops Fox's 'Dance'/'Rookie Blue' Marks Most-Watched Telecast Since Aug '10

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May 25th, 2012

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ABC’s Debut of “Duets” Outdraws Fox’s Premiere of “So You Think You Can Dance,” Improving its Time Slot Year to Year by 5% in Viewers and by 55% in Young Adults


 ABC’s “Rookie Blue” Opens its 3rd Season with its Top Telecast Since August 2010



Thursday Night (8:00-11:00 p.m.)

ABC finished No. 2 on Thursday evening in Total Viewers (6.5 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.6/5-tie).


Please Note:  On the Thursday leading into the Memorial Holiday weekend, overall TV usage levels declined week to week by –5% among Adults 18-49 (32.1 vs. 33.8).


“Duets” (8:00-10:00 p.m.)

Head to head from 8:00-10:00 p.m., ABC’s series debut of “Duets” outdrew Fox’s season premiere of “So You Think You Can Dance,” leading by 8% in Total Viewers (6.7 vs. 6.2 million). In addition, the new ABC unscripted show was the No. 2 series in the 2-hour time period with young adults (AD18-34/AD18-49), while finishing second among the broadcasters with Teens 12-17. The ABC singing competition surged by 13% among young adults (1.6/6 to 1.8/5) from its first to its second hour.


  • “Duets” greatly improved its time period for ABC over the year-ago night in Total Viewers (+52% - 6.7 million vs. 4.4 million) and Adults 18-49 (+55% - 1.7/5 vs. 1.1/4), representing the Net’s biggest audience in the slot on the first post-season Thursday in 4 years and its top young adult number in 3 years – since 2008 and 2009, respectively.


“Rookie Blue” (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

In the 10 o’clock hour, ABC’s season premiere of “Rookie Blue” was the No. 2 series in Total Viewers (6.0 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.4/4), while ranking No. 1 with key Women (W18-49/W25-54).


  • Topping its year-ago premiere at the end of June (+3% - 5.8 million on 6/23/11), “Rookie Blue” opened its 3rd season with its most-watched telecast since August 2010 – since 8/19/10.  In addition, among Adults 18-49, the show topped last season’s finale by 17% and outdelivered its last 9 telecasts – best since 7/14/11.


A note about increasing DVR penetration and year-to-year rating comparisons: Year-to-year rating comparisons based on the Live + Same Day data stream are distorted by the level of DVR penetration in the Nielsen sample, which has jumped up to 44% currently, from 41% at the same point in 2011. More viewers are watching shows on their own timetables, which may not be reflected in the overnight next-day numbers. The only truly valid year-to-year comparison would be one based on the Live + 7 Day metric, once those stats are released by Nielsen.


Source: The Nielsen Company (Fast Affiliate, Live + Same Day Ratings), 05/17/12.



  • carole

    I tried to watch Duets. I couldn’t do it. Worse than AI. Boring…

  • michele

    GO ROOKIE BLUE!!!!!!

  • Bob

    Duets was a snoozefest. Bring back American Idol NOW….Everyone is saying that they can’t wait until January 2013 when Idol returns….Now that is how you produce a show. When people are already wanting it back the day after the finale, it is a good thing.

  • Marcus

    Here we go again with the “surging”.

  • RJ


    No one is saying that about American Idol.

  • Nick

    TV got turned off 35 seconds into Duets… :-p

  • JC

    Duets is an amazing show. All of these singers have raw talent and will get so much more out of this contest then any other. I think Kelly,Robin, Jessica, and John all did a great job picking talented people who really can perform.

    As far as American idol, im over that show, BORINGGGG… Its turned into a popularity contest not a singing contest…

  • really?

    This is a shameful press release if I ever saw one

  • Babygate

    Talk about spinning. Even ABC can’t believe its own press. Duets came in 3rd after a repeat of BBT. A repeat. That spells trouble no matter how you spin it. And it came in behind SYTYCD as well.

  • Dan

    SPIN.SPIN.SPIN. Duets sucked wont be watching again.

  • Nick

    ” Improving its Time Slot Year to Year by 5% in Viewers and by 55% in Young Adults”

    Last Year was 2 Wipeout repeats and 1 repeat Rookie Blue.

  • spokanelady

    Rookie Blue was AWESOME!!! Duets was not my favorite.

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