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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  • Cask

    It seems like there’s a rivalry between Idol, X Factor, Voice, and now Duets. Everybody just has to defend their favorite singing competition.

    I watch all four but I’m slowly leaning towards getting away from Idol but I’ll still watch the other three. Duets was simply amazing to me the judges weren’t annoying. The Voice would be perfect if it wasn’t for Xtina. Duets had some amazing contestants too I hope this picks up as the summer progresses.

  • Joseph

    Except , I tuned in Duets and had no idea of what they were doing , the entire context of the show was lost on me.
    Dude , if you are correct that BABC only launched Duets to mess with the NBC and FOX reality shows , well that is just evil :)

  • really?

    Why are we talking about Summer in May?

    Duets bombed whether you like it or not

  • LEOKID86

    @ really- because fall TV season is over.

  • Jeff

    Duets has a lot of problems. First, the judges are also competitors in a way. Second, no TV audience participation. Third, scores are secret. WTF? is this 3rd grade? Fourth, John Legend is unbelievably arrogant! Fifth, Robin Thicke and John Legend are barely stars with only decent talent to begin with! Sixth, the host is boring and cookie cutter. What it does have going for it is Jennifer Nettle and Kelly Clarkson. But, I am not sure what they were scoring last night? I can see J-Rome being in first or second, but the big white boy with Jennifer should have been 2nd, if not first. Pink hair should have been 3rd. I do agree the little boy with Kelly was last, and the other 4 were basically the same and could be in any order. I probably won’t be watching again. They did not plan this out very well.

  • Babygate

    I think ABC is in trouble indeed. In the fall their number one drama, Grey’s Anatomy is going to have to deal with the backlash of killing off one of the most popular characters, which will likely translate into loss of viewers. Their comedies are in really bad shape when they are pairing two mediocre and low rated programs against Fox’s stronger line up. And they have actually put the atrocity that is ‘Neighbors’ on their schedule effectively wasting their best and only popular comedy, Modern Family. They are really struggling with their brand and Duets is another example of that. I tried it in spite of my natural aversion to reality TV because of Kelly Clarkson but neither she nor the show delivered. The idea that judges are allowed to vote for their competition screams bad planning and worst concept. And what criteria he judges followed to choose their partners is a mystery to me. With the exception of two outstanding individuals, congratulations Jennifer Nettles, the talent all seemed to sound alike with the same vocal stylistics. Bye bye Duets. I shall not return.

  • OG

    FOX has a strong lineup? Oh the irony!

    NBC will be on the rise, watch out for Whitney on Fridays this fall.

  • Jenny


    ‘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.”

  • William

    Awake was good up until the end. Shame i’ll miss that show

  • Melanie

    Was hoping Rookie Blue would get better ratings. Not too surprised about Duets though not doing so well its first week. I didn’t watch either. Perhaps there are just too many singing competitions now.

  • JR

    Well, it’s not summer yet. :) There’s just too many of these singing shows.

  • 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 Factorviewer 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.”

  • Networkman

    I can’t believe Kris Allen would say something like that. What if American Idol called it quits before he came on the show? This year had a better crop of singers/talent. The music industry is rough but I can imagine they still want a chance for exposure. I don’t consider 11 seasons to be too long for a show which has turned into a pop culture phenomenon.

    @Jeff, I agree with you totally regarding Duets. The judging is horrible. No of the stars want to give honest critique against another star’s partner. I do have to say I enjoy the duet with Jennifer Nettles. That guy should have been in first place. No doubt about that. The panel said how much they were moved and that he had a voice of an angel. And then he still ends up in a lower position then some that were mediocre. Go figure.

  • really?

    Just accept American Idol for what it really is…a Karaoke contest

    The show has produced far more duds than actual successful acts(two, for everyone counting)and this is just another vanilla guy that will be forgotten in less than a year.

    Taylor Hicks and Lee DeWyze approve.

  • Jeff

    @Networkman, that was my other issue. There was literally no criticism at all. Every single comment was a fluffy positive even when there were obvious issues with some of the singers. How exactly is that mentoring or helping people?

  • Theoacme

    If ABC had any real hopes for Duets, wouldn’t they have aired it before Wednesday, when the real TV season was going on?

    The “superstars” were way too nice, with never a discouraging word for anyone (smack me in the face, but I want Simon Cowell?!), plus the scoring system is as clear as mud – so why should the audience care?

  • Jean

    LOVED Awake!!!! Why does quality TV not given a chance???? Thank goodness TNT picked up Southland!! Both are good TV!!!

  • bb

    I watched all of Duets, hoping I’d like it, I love Kelly and Jennifer! But is was so blah! And Thick (cant think of his first name) was really annoying. Probably wont watch it again.

  • Cougar

    Duets was lacking one particular person to give it high ratings, Christina!

  • Babygate

    If you are referencing my comment about ABC comedies vs. Fox, I said specifically ‘stronger line up’. I did not imply that Fox’s entire line up is strong because I, for one, think that it isn’t that strong and if it wasn’t for AI it would be competing for 2nd place. I was specifically referring to the Wednesday 9-10 block when Fox will be airing ‘New Girl’ which is their strongest comedy and ‘The Mindy Project’ which already has a lot of buzz. ‘Happy Endings’ and ‘The B… At Apt. 23′ are really no match. I happen to love HE and deeply dislike ‘New Girl’ but it’s not my opinion that counts. The viewers greatly favored ‘New Girl’ over HE and Apt. 23. That’s just a fact. So, yes, on Wednesdays at 9pm Fox will have a stronger lineup than ABC.

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