TV Ratings Thursday: 'Duets' and 'SYTYCD' Premieres Fail to Impress, 'Awake' Finale Rises

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May 25th, 2012



Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.4/8 1.6/5 1.6/5 1.2/4 0.9/3 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.1/8 0.9/3 1.1/4 1.1/4 0.7/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.232 7.642 6.458 3.171 2.944 0.713


FOX was the number one network among adults 18-49, while CBS was on top in total viewers.

On FOX, the season premiere of So You Think You Can Dance earned a 2.4 18-49 rating, down 27% from last year's premiere (which earned a 3.3 rating).

On ABC, the series premiere of talent competition  Duets  earned a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating. For comparison purposes, the opening episodes of The Voice and The X Factor earned 4.6 and a 4.4, respectively. Rookie Blue premiered to a 1.4 rating, which is down 13% from last season's premiere.

On NBC, Awake was the only new programming and earned a 0.9 rating, up two tenths from last week's season low 0.7 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW,  Perez Hilton All Access matched last week's 0.3 adults 18-49 rating.


Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, May 25, 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 6.232
CBS The Big Bang Theory  -R 2.3 8 8.268
ABC Duets -P (8-10PM) 1.7 5 6.692
NBC The Office -R 0.7 2 2.415
CW Perez Hilton All Access 0.3 1 0.870
8:30PM CBS Rules of Engagement -R 1.7 6 6.264
NBC The Office -R 0.7 2 1.995
9:00PM CBS Person Of Interest -R 1.4 4 7.826
NBC America's Got Talent -R 1.2 4 3.773
CW The Vampire Diaries -R 0.2 1 0.556
10:00PM CBS The Mentalist -R 1.5 4 7.834
ABC Rookie Blue -P 1.4 4 5.990
NBC Awake 0.9 3 2.854

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  • kyle

    Duets not bad for a summer show

    Bye Bye Awake, fans of quality TV will miss you. :(

  • ZapBob

    That sucks…I thought Duets was great!

  • Albert

    duets was boring……

  • Kyle

    Remember that it’s summer. Ratings are going to be down especially with warm weather.

  • Bee

    WOW. too bad for duets. i thought it was decent enough. but it shows people truly are tired of singing shows. there’s only so much they can handle. and premiering the day after idol ended didn’t help either. it’ll have to rely on word of mouth to survive.

  • glover

    Duets = huge flop

  • edward

    I loved Rookie Blue was the first time that I watched it last night not a bad show!

  • zerg

    Duets flops

  • Tod

    Rookie Blue Seasons Premiere

    1° – 2.0
    2° – 1.6
    3° – 1.4

    so bad :(

  • Andy

    Awake had been fantastic the last few weeks, I’ll miss it. Duets was boring!

  • Matt

    I think DUETS premiered acceptionally well for a summer premier!!! I mean 6.7M and 1.7 for summer? That sounds good to me! Of course it wouldn’t get a 4.6 or a 4.4 cause it didn’t premier in the fall or midseason! Duh!

  • GDfriends

    CBS was solid in repeats, Kudos for BBT for almost topping the night

    SYTYCD did poorly period…it will more than likely drop next week and could average an anemic 2.0 this summer…that is a big drop from last year

    Duets did poorly as well but I wonder if this show hurt FOX…if so bravo ABC!! Let reality just kill eachother ;)

    Poor NBC, a repeat of a summer show out-delivers their strongest scripted show repeat and a season finale’ of Awake…not a good sign.

  • Samunto

    Interesting how just like Idol, SYTYCD is down around 30% compared to last year. We can’t blame that on saturation as most did with Idol due to X Factor and The Voice airing last year and thus people getting bored of singing competitions. FOX has problems.

    So now will SYTYCD drop to around 1.3ish as the season progresses?

    Those Duets ratings are just meh!

    Is NBC now airing AGT (repeats) every single day of the week?!!

  • Hungster

    LOL @ Duets… a mess. I truly can not wait for the Xtina vs. Britney showdown in the fall. I just dont see a place for a show like Duets given the current amount of singing shows. And again even tho their a few months away people are still talking more about The Voice and Flop Factor fall return.

  • WoWza

    SYTYCD numbers – while not incredible – are really pretty great. It did fine, and I bet the young adult numbers and teen numbers are huge.

    Duet – wow. Not coming back after this season, thank goodness. ABC, stop trying with these singing shows. Not your brand, really. Over saturated market. Terrible timing. Someone should be fired over this…

    So, I was at the X Factor premiere audition last night in Austin. Britney Spears was terrible and nervous and said very little. Demi Lavoto was spunky and pretty great , though. Britney I wish was better…. She walked off half way through, though. She needs to get in the groove of things, she was so nervous. I think that teh show will be beat the Voice, but not more than a 5.0 – the show is too much of the same thing, and Britney will add some eyeballs to the series. The Voice – will tank. Id say a 2.2 – 2.4 for next fall. Still, these numbers are alright.

  • Ben Thompson

    Not surprised at all that Duets bombed. It looked horrible from the promos.

  • John A

    What do people expect its summer time shows arent going to rate well.

  • Bunny

    Things are not looking up for ABC who is now in fourth place..I have feeling more bad luck will come their way this fall..

  • zerg

    @John A

    The voice last year all summer got 3.5-4.0+

    AGT 3.0+

  • TimsDale4ever

    So glad DUETS bombed — so sick of these competition shows hogging the airwaves! Who can sing the best, who can dance the best, who can make the best wedding cake, who can sell the house quicker, who can make the best wedding dress, who’s the best drag queen. Enough already. What’s next? Who can f**k the best?

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