TV Ratings Thursday:'Touch' Finale Down, 'Duets' Falls, 'Rookie Blue' Flat, 'Breaking Pointe' Debuts Low, as 'Big Bang Theory' Repeat Wins Night

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June 1st, 2012



Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.6/5 1.5/5 1.3/4 1.2/4 1.2/4 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 0.9/3 1.0/4 0.9/3 1.2/4 1.0/4 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 7.41 5.88 4.65 2.83 3.71 0.71


CBS was the number one network among adults 18-49, and total viewers.

CBS's line-up of repeats outpaced its original competition, with a rerun of The Big Bang Theory garnering a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating, and ranking as the night's top program by a substantial margin.

On FOX, two back to back episodes of Touch each earned a1.3 adults  18-49 rating, down from a 1.7 for the show's penultimate episode on May 17.

On ABC, the second episode of  Duets  scored a 1.5  adults 18-49 rating. down 12% from a 1.7 last week.  Rookie Blue garnered a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49, , matching the performance of  last week's premiere.

On the CW, the series premiere of reality series Breaking Pointe earned a 0.3 adults 18-49 rating .

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, May 31, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 2.3/8 8.70
ABC Duets (8-10PM) 1.5/5 5.89
FOX Touch 1.3/5 4.61
NBC The Office - R 0.8/3 2.36
CW Breaking Pointe - Premiere 0.3/1 0.96
8:30 CBS Rules of Engagement - R 1.8/6 6.45
NBC The Office - R 0.8/3 2.19
9:00 CBS Person of Interest - R 1.4/4 7.39
FOX Touch (Season Finale) 1.3/4 4.69
NBC America's Got Talent - R 1.1/3 3.90
CW The Catalina - R 0.2/1 0.47
10:00 NBC America's Got Talent - R 1.5/5 4.95
ABC Rookie Blue 1.4/4 5.84
CBS The Mentalist - R 1.3/4 7.23

Via NBC press notes:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.3/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/5 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.2/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/4 with an encore.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/5 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.5/2 with an encore; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with an encore.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.0/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 with an encore in the 25 markets with local people meters.


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  • RyanCanada

    Loving Rookie Blue! i wish the seasons were longer.

  • Albert

    duets is boring and confusing. I didn’t watch it last night.

  • jr

    “Damn it!”-Martin Baum

  • SteveO

    Wow Touch. Duets not great, but good hold for Rookie Blue!

  • Bee

    poor duets. really thought it would hold up with SYTYCD out of the way. oh well.

    good for rookie blue for holding on.

  • John A

    Pathetic ratings for Touch. It will be below a 1.0 when on friday.

  • Tabitha

    Rookie Blue :)

  • Petar

    So CBS kill them all with reruns????? Man that is crazy.

  • John A

    So 0.3 is the best rating for a reality show on CW. Next year wont see a improvment in ratings.

  • touchsucks

    touch sucks

  • frank

    Wow! A POI repeat beats Touch season finale.

  • 1mars

    Yay on falling ratings on the talent shows, sick to death of reality & talent shows. They are ruining tv.

  • Beckstle

    I suspect Touch will get really good DVR numbers as people realize the season finale was last night. Being that last week was the 2 hour Dance show thing, and I didn’t see any advertising for the Touch finale, even I missed it – and I LIKE the show. Still, out of sight, out of mind, especially since it’s basically network repeat season.

  • John A

    AGT repeat beat Rookie Blue. Still impressive RB didnt fall.

  • ian

    i am so glad that rookie blue is doing well…the ratings stayed the same as the rating? that doesn’t happen often, and it’s great they still have their viewers!

  • psychic

    Duets will die a painful death if there is any justice in the world.

  • danny94

    wow is touch is doing terrible why did fox even renew this

  • Lena

    Next season POI will be a monster with the help of THM. I can’t wait.

  • Raykov

    I think it’s funny that Touch’s finale got Fringe’s Friday ratings. If they keep the ratings… oh, who am I kidding – Touch is gone next season – it got the pity renewal this year.

  • me

    I know how you feel about reality & talent shows, they aren’t exactly my cup of tea either. I think part of the problem is that there are too many of them these days. it wasn’t so bad when were only a few talent shows, and it was still a new thing. but now I think people might be getting tired of them.
    also it’s a busy time of year with the kids getting out of school. and people are traveling more, and doing more things outside too.

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