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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  • Chris

    Eh, Fox probably isn’t surprised by the low finale ratings. They had to have known what they were getting into when they renewed Touch for next season: there’s no way they could have looked at its steadily declining ratings (not to mention the show itself) and thought that it was ever going to be a winner. I don’t know why Fox wants to be in the Kiefer Sutherland business so badly, or why they’d think it’s better to hang on to a dog like Touch instead of developing a new series, but there it is.

    Next season it will get its thirteen episodes (and maybe even air all of them), and then vanish quietly.

  • s0303

    touch :( i really like that show…i don’t think fox advertised very well though…hopefully it can keep those ratings on fridays this fall…

  • John A

    Yeah really made no sense to renew Touch. Surely Kiefer Sutherland is expensive. The Finder would have been a more sensible choice.

  • carole

    Best show on tv, even in repeats. Person of Interest. So many shocks. It’s like electric runny thru you body. Love it..

  • colt13

    Is catalina’s 0.47 the lowest rating ever?

  • Joel

    .3 not bad at least the cw has something to use to promote there new fall shows

  • pete5125

    Touch is produced by Fox, Did well overseas, and has Keither Southerland attached to it, so it looks like Fox is OK with Fringe like numbers on Friday, so they might as well have a show produced by Fox so they can get the back-end, if it can keep thise numbers expect it to be paired with Kitchen Nightmares/Hells Kitchen in the Spring…the only way Fox can make Fri work economically with a cheap reality leading into a drama

  • Maxine

    I’m so glad CBS rebroadcast the episode “Root Cause” last night because of the strong tie to it’s amazing season finale. What a show!

  • a p garcia

    Constant subtitles on Touch turned me into a non-fan.

  • Cerebro

    I’m disappointed by the ratings for “Touch”. On the whole, the series has been hit or miss, for me. The finale, however, was quite strong and gave the series a bit more focus. There were a lot of nice moments, here, and some callbacks to the beginning of the series. There was enough closure that it would’ve made for a satisfying series finale had it not been renewed. They left a couple of doors open that will, no doubt, drive the storyline of season 2. I’ll be interested to see where it goes. I think I’ll be enjoying FOX Fridays in the fall with the 1-2 punch of “Touch” and “Fringe”.

  • phil

    Touch is like Numbers, you have to be a nerd to like those shows.

  • Petar

    If PoI continue rerun so well will get NCIS syndication deal! If not set new record deal. 100% will beat H5O, TM and NCIS LA deals. USA VS TNT will be the batle.

    Why CBS dont start TBBT-TAHM-POI reruns already? Must create habits in people.

    Watch for BABY BLUE. I think is 2 or 3 ep after Root Cause. If CBS use PoI reruns and in june they will air it! Its outstanding and funny too.

  • Andy

    I really like Keith Sutherland and really want to like Touch, but geez it is so slow.

  • Oliver

    Look at how old CBS skews: they were first in 18-49 and joint 4th in 18-34.

  • Maxine

    @Petar, thanks for the info. Looking forward to “Baby Blue” rerun which I heard is another great episode of POI. Can’t wait for S1 DVD to come out… :D

  • Oliver

    I think it’s safe to call Duets a flop now. It’s unlikely to be pulled but also unlikely to be renewed.

  • AC75

    Please, stop watching TBBT!

  • Melanie

    So FOX really loves Kiefer this much? They need to limber up some writers for a different vehicle for him – STAT – because Touch is dead show walking.
    They didn’t committ to a whole season of Touch, did they? Because really, Mr. Riley – isn’t one charity case on Friday’s enough?

  • Rob

    no one wants to watch reruns.. duets is boring.. it couldn’t keep my attention for 10 min

  • Mark Wilkins

    wow @ Touch, these ratings show Friday is the perfect slot for it. Nothing but repeats and Touch ratings still sucked despite the only show worth any time last night.

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