Thursday Final Ratings: No Adjustments for 'So You Think You Can Dance', 'Duets' or 'Rookie Blue'

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May 25th, 2012

There were no ratings adjustments among adults 18-49 versus Thursday's preliminary ratings.

Final broadcast primetime ratings for Thursday, May 24, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX So You Think You Can Dance -P (8-10PM) 2.4 8 6.260
CBS The Big Bang Theory  -R 2.3 8 8.270
ABC Duets -P (8-10PM) 1.7 6 6.760
NBC The Office -R 0.7 2 2.260
CW Perez Hilton All Access 0.3 1 0.810
8:30PM CBS Rules of Engagement -R 1.7 6 6.120
NBC The Office -R 0.7 2 1.860
9:00PM CBS Person Of Interest -R 1.4 4 7.900
NBC America's Got Talent -R 1.2 4 3.820
CW The Vampire Diaries -R 0.2 1 0.560
10:00PM CBS The Mentalist -R 1.5 4 7.840
ABC Rookie Blue 1.4 4 6.090
NBC Awake 0.9 3 2.870

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • Jenny

    Total viewer numbers may not mean anything to the advertisers or the network executives who handle renewals or cancelations, but they can have a big effect on a television show.
    Most television viewers do not understand the 18 – 49 demos and what it means. However they do know what total number of viewers, this number is advertised frequently and has the most pubilicity,
    When a show has a low amount of viewers it loses its buzz, and then less viewers will watch.
    An example is Simon Cowell and his prediction that X Factor on Fox would have more than 20 million viewers. He told everyone it would have more viewers than American Idol on Fox. Both shows on the same network. However, when the X Factor viewer numbers came out they were nowhere near 20 million and everyone started calling it a failure, so more people stopped watching.

    Too many talent shows, and they are not producing stars.

    Look for all talent shows and singing shows to keep dropping in ratings


    ‘American Idol’s’ Kris Allen, Former Winner, Says Fox Show Has Been ‘On For Too Long’

    Posted: 05/25/2012 1:27 pm Updated: 05/25/2012 1:27 pm

    Should “American Idol” call it quits? Kris Allen seems to think so.

    In an interview with TMZ, Allen admitted he hadn’t caught the Season 11 finale — which made another winner out of a “white guy with a guitar,” Philip Phillips — and said that “maybe the show’s been going on for too long.”

  • Andrew

    Hopefully there are many more singing shows

  • Ben

    @Andrew WHY?

  • disney rocks

    Duets and Rookie Blue skew old.

  • Lane

    Duets will still get renewed if it can maintain these numbers. SYTYCD is down but still wins the night Fox can’t be mad and will renew it. Idk if ABC will renew Rookie Blue

  • Ed

    Damn! The Awake finale was SO GOOD and the ratings were SO BAD! I understand why NBC canceled it, I don’t understand why a cable network like USA Network hasn’t stepped up to take it.

    I’d rather see Awake on USA than that crappy Common Law.

  • JC

    I’m a huge Rookie Blue fan (and yes fall in the 18-49 demo) but IMO that was a really weak premiere. Hopefully the season shakes out better.

  • The End


    Total viewers is more important to most cable networks.

  • Rabbit

    Awake wouldn’t really fit on USA. It would fit better on AMC.

  • The End


    Said this before but Awake would of been better off with Syfy, let’s imagine it hasn’t aired for a moment.

    I would pair it with say on a Monday

    8pm – Warehouse 13
    9pm – Awake
    10pm – Alphas

  • Tested

    @Jenny: Even with a drop in the ratings, Idol was Fox’s highest-rated show. It’s a cash cow for the network. Case in point: Fox cancelled Terra Nova and Alcatraz, two of its highest-rated dramas. The reason was simple: those shows cost too much money to make and even with decent ratings couldn’t produce the kind of profits Fox wanted. The notion that Idol has to produce a certain kind of singer or someone who can make a lot of hits is just silly. It’s all about ratings and revenue. Until the ratings fall to an unacceptable level, you will see Idol on the air at Fox.

    Look how long Survivor has been around. It doesn’t have the gigantic numbers it did when it first aired, but it still rates well and CBS makes a good profit on it.

  • Nick

    Duets will get renewed if it never slips under a 1.4. That might happen, or it might not.
    Plenty of people thought it would be DWTS’s successor. Boy, were they wrong. It’s going nowhere near the regular season with those numbers.
    We’ll have to see next week, when there’s no SYTYCD.
    DIE, DUETS! Bring back Wipeout!

  • Andy H.

    Damn, Awake’s finale was so tremendous! If there were any justice in this world, Awake would be picked up by another network.

  • SmG

    @Ed, Andy H.

    I agree with you guys, I’ll miss this series a lot. Although not ended on a cliffhanger, but it was sort of an open ending where the producers could have taken it in so many directions

    -If red world was real, in season 2 Britton will try to break out from prison.

    -If green world was real, he would be travelling between two worlds; the green world and the “white world” which he has created near the ending where both his wife and son are alive.

    -If both worlds were not real, then the last scene could be him travelling back in time, the day of the accident. He would try to stop the accident from happening in season 2.

    A great potential wasted :(

    On a side note, this is from last night’s interview from the producer of Awake, Kyle Killen:

    ” I would say this season’s canary in the coal mine is going to be the “Last Resort” show on ABC. That was one where if you told me it was going to be on FX, and after the second episode, FX told me there would be a second season? I’m in; I’ll follow it wherever it goes with those auspices and Andre Braugher. I will be really curious to see if they can pull that off on network. It’s another test of where drama is at, with it being as successful as it is on cable, and the return of comedy on network, what is network drama, at the moment, a super-open question.”

    He is afraid that next season Last Resort may suffer the same fate as Awake.

  • Annie

    Jenny, first of all if you look at TMZ’s video, Kris Allen didn’t say that at all. They are totally misquoting him.

    Secondly, I doubt that most people know or care how many viewers their favorite show is attracting. You mentioned the X Factor as an example, but it was a poor choice, since that show’s ratings were surprisingly stable all during its first season. Compare that to The Voice’s whose ratings started off incredibly strong, but dropped as the season went on, because the show was not good. That’s all that most people care about, whether or not a show is good, and entertains them.

    As far as your prediction that reality shows are about to end, why would anyone cancel shows that are always in the top 20? Look at the ratings chart for this year.

  • Jenny


    TMZ above

    TMZ poll 75% say cancel American Idol, what is Fox going to do

  • chrisss

    @ The End

    Total viewers only matter to premium cable networks (HBO, Showtime etc)

  • MoHasanie


    I’m guessing he’s saying that because, with more and more music shows, people will get sick of them and stop watching them completely.

  • Ultima

    TMZ poll 75% say cancel American Idol, what is Fox going to do

    FOX isn’t going to cancel Idol for a long time. It’s still the top rated and most watched non-sports show on TV and brings in a massive amount of revenue for them.

    But I’m sure you already knew that…

  • EatMorePez


    Internet opinion polls are meaningless. They have no statistical validity. None.

    What is FOX going to do you ask? Well they’re going to bring American Idol back next season, that’s what.

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