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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  • Tigs

    The host of Duets ruins the show more than anything. It will flop because of him.

  • s0303

    not surprising that duets didn’t do that well…there are way to many singing competitions as it is…plus with ai ending the night before, a lot of people don’t want to start watching another singing competition that starts the next night…

  • RyanCanada

    Rookie Blue was amazing last night, it deserves to be in the 2+

  • MattM

    Ah, summer ratings, see you guys in the fall.

  • psychic

    RIP Awake, an actually good show…
    PLEASE cancel Duets. SO sick of singing shows.

  • Bee

    ALSO, let’s not forget duets will air alone next week. this week, it was reality vs. reality since it was up against SYTYCD. so it might even rise a little.

  • leonard

    Rookie Blue deserves 9pm slot.

  • wn

    The Mentalist was the only rerun in its timeslot, and still won, both in total viewers and 18-49. Also went up from POI. (Why of why is it moving to Sundays?!)

  • MoHasanie

    Bad for Duets. Its gotten so much promotion, so it should have done better.

  • Jared

    If a show on the CW got 5 million viewers and only a 0.3 rating..I still think it would be cancelled..the amount of viewers doesn’t matter to networks..unless the show was critically acclaimed..or had a known television or film star..but that will NEVER happen on the CW.

  • phil


    Viewers means nothing for the networks, it is the 18-49demo that they look at. A 0.3 means cancelled if it is a scripted series but with a reality show it might get renewed. If this show was pulling numbers like this on the four big networks it would be cancelled regardless of it being scripted or not.

  • Bunny

    The Big Bang Theory repeat is a 2.3! Wow!

    What’s interesting is there are some TBBT videos on youtube were they edit out the audience laughter and the show is not as funny anymore and the sheldon character is annoying and sad..

  • Tony

    I wonder if ABC really had hopes for Duets, or they’re attempting to sabotage other music competition shows on other networks by adding to the saturation of the market.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Answer me this, please: If a program on the CW averaged 0.3 and had above 5mil viewers… Would it be renewed? And if it had over 7 mil viewers?”

    No and no.

  • Petar

    as i expected duets bomb. With so many singimg shows i was sure at least one will bomb! What a embarrassment for ABC! They will me more than 8 years on the 4-th place(big 4 networks). Smell dismission soon!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “I wonder if ABC really had hopes for Duets,”

    The only “hopes” for any summer show seem to be “fill the time”. Any ratings upside is a bonus.

  • Steph

    I actually really liked Duets.

  • Justin121

    So You Think You Can Dance was already demoted to a summer show after a Fall cycle failed and the results show got cancelled after last summer’s cycle’s bad ratings. It is getting close to beng cancelled.

    I’m not sure Duets did bad for a summer shows.

    Why is CBS not airing Two And A Hlaf Men in its new slot?

    PS the headline for last night should’ve indicated the big 20% rise for REVENGE.

  • TVDude

    I like that Awake actually had a decent ending. I actually watched it last night, since nothing else was on. It should do well on Netflix/Hulu/Amazon as a one season show. To an extent, this could be a blessing in disguise since the quality of shows tends to decrease after the first season.

    The Office really is falling apart. It used to repeat well above a 1.0. That’s what NBC gets for depending on an aging show too much.

  • Jerry

    I don’t really understand Fox’s scheduling this week. Why did they stick AI on Tuesday and Wednesday? Was it to boost Glee’s finale on Tuesday? SYTYCD premiered yesterday but is moving to Wednesday for the rest of the summer – why not just wait a week and not move it around?

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