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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  • Greg

    I didn’t think I would care for Duets but it started to grow on me really quick. I found it enjoyable. I am sure as the summer progresses ratings will go up as it finds a growing audience.

  • christy

    I noticed that The Mentalist was higher up than Person of Interest.

  • Freddy Arrow


    “ultima a agree with the gay latino, id like to see people who look like me. im not racist. nor do i go around accusing people of doing it.”

    I really hope that shows don’t start having judges that look like me. I don’t think the world could take all that ugly in one place.

  • bluone

    CBS is going to destroy The Mentalist by moving it to Sunday at 10, which during football season is a totally lost slot !!!

  • Survivor Fan

    Put Duets into perspective:

    Eventual flop Expedition Impossible premiered to a 2.3 rating on June 23, 2011.

    This should be the last season of SYTYCD.

  • Jordan

    Watched Rookie Blue last night for the first time, pretty good show. At least something to watch this summer:-)Hope it brings up its ratings a little though.

  • peter

    i want to see people that look like me but i dont think Brad Pitt would ever be a judge on a reality show

  • Vanessa

    Haha The Big Bang Theory, Person of Interest, and The Mentalist reruns all did better than the reality shows. Reality is slowly dying.

  • Oliver

    Duets isn’t a The One-esque flop, but it’s certainly not a hit.

  • Mike

    im just realizing that that canadian and british dramas are better quality tha the united states’s… We get rid of all the good shows

  • Stella

    More like Rookie Flop.

    Liked Season 1 but stopped in Season 2 since I couldn’t bear it anymore.

  • RyanCanada

    Sorry @Stella you have terrible taste if you stoped watching Rookie Blue.

  • Nick

    Duets did bad. Last year’s season premiere of Wipeout and series premiere of Expidition Impossible were 2.3 and 1.9. And Impossible got cancelled…

  • Stella

    @RyanCanada Well sorry if i’m not in to every single character hooking up.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)


    Lol, at any assertion of qualitative superiority of Canadian dramas. They consume almost all of US TV broadcasting. If what they send down here is the best they got, Rookie Blue, Flashpoint, and The LA Complex then god help them.

    I think there is plenty of quality British TV that makes it to the states via BBC America and PBS but I imagine those shows are the cream of the crop and that they too have their fair shares of clunkers.

  • Doug

    I think with Duets, ABC is wanted to do two things: 1) Have a moderately rated summer show, and 2) Purposely further over saturate the singing market, which is teetering as it is. ABC probably was not expecting a break-out hit, but it may hurt The X-Factor and The Voice in the fall.

  • LEOKID86

    The biggest problem with “Awake” was it’s lead and timeslot. First, “Awake” should of had Josh Lucus as a lead instead of “The Firm” and a Tuesday @ 10pm slot or Wednesday @ 10pm would of been perfect. The show could grab like-wise viewers from SVU would like the GRITTY feel to the show NOT after a poorly rated sitcom in it’s first season, seriously? how did NBC think this was right is beyond me. It had a great premise and was done real well.
    Josh Lucus is a much more well known and likable lead. Plus, he can act! I personally watched around 6 epiosdes and had the show done better in the ratings (a 1.5-ish at the very least) I would of continued but 0.9 the writing is on the walls! Those are “Harry’s Law” numbers WITHOUT the viewers to back it up! I moved to “Scandal” and they got the lead (Kerry Washington) right there, at the very least. Big names draw in respectable numbers~ Given the right promotion and suitable time period ( I believe how Washington NOT be given the lead the show would not even reach a 2.0 in the 18-49 demo..BUT people my age like her and are aware of who she is)..AKA-WHY THE HECK THEY threw “Missing” an a 8pm slot is beyond me! Not exactly “family friendly show” to be sat around while eating dinner. ASHLEY JUDD is a great actress and a great lead but 8PM thursday was not right for this show.Judd desverves better!
    I don’t like those numbers for “Rookie Blue” but keep in mind it had “Duets” as a lead-in and ABC likely gets it dirt cheap as it’s a Canadian Production airing on Global similar to CBS and “Flashpoint” that airs in Canada on CTV. Consider-it’s dirt cheap and a summer program the numbers aren’t TOO bad!
    I can’t wait to see when “Big Brother” returns it will crush SYTYD and Duet’s (Given that’s still on the air in July). “Big Brother” has a loyal fanbase (me included) and has been one of the original “Reality Shows” since 2000. Be real, guys. I’m 25 and I would NOT tune into SYTYD over Big Brother. SYTYD will hit the high/Mid 1’s (Hello Dancing w/ the “stars”, and any other “dancing” show on cable) once “Big Brothers” dominates and “Duets” might not be on the air when BB returns. I see 1.0’S…
    A few summers ago ABC premired another reality offering similar to Duets and it bombed..Forget the name….”The One”?

  • Duncey

    Is it me or is Missy Peregrym from Rookie Blue the hottest television cop you’ve seen since Heather Locklear in TJ Hooker?

  • Duncey

    @ Mike: I know right the Canadian shows are beast like Flashpoint and Rookie Blue. I can’t wait to see the new one that Erica Durance is in on NBC in a couple of weeks.

  • JeffT

    Duets:Poor host, who is he? It’s the Voice with a slight twist, not enough to be entertaining. The “judging” was simply nothing but accolades for every performer. They weren’t all great, but you wouldn’t know it from the comments. Would have been nice to have seen the scores instead of just their placement. I won’t be watching after last might.

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