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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  • tv#1

    It is amazing how quick people jumped Touches ship. It premiered so well, and in a matter of weeks it lost over half of its viewers. I don’t expect this show to be around long next season, especially since it will be on Fridays. It may get pulled by midseason.

  • SVU: Chelsea Handler’s Bedroom

    Maybe Duets should cast Little Boo Boo (or whatever her name is) as one of the Dueters(?), that’ll sure bring in the white trash demo.

  • João Paulo

    POI rules

  • greysfan

    FOX were idiots saving Touch. They should have saved Terra Nova instead. Yes i know its summer but these ratings for a show which aired in the main season and being beaten in the summer is laughable.

  • Denise

    So somebody tell me how the Touch numbers were better than the Finder that it got a renewal? I don’t think the Finder had ratings that low even for a Friday.

  • Bunny

    FOX were known to cancel cult favs like Firefly,Arrested Development and Dollhouse so Its interesting now that Fringe,Raising Hope and Touch are still going strong..

  • carla

    POI was dynamite last night, even though I had seen the episode several times before. Details and complexity make it repeat so well. Can’t wait for the DVD.

    Tell me again why Touch was renewed while much more inventive and interesting shows such as Alcatraz or Terra Nova was not? Fox must be sick with Kieffer Fever.

  • panda22

    Go Rookie Blue!…..season 4 renewal a sure thing :D

  • Barbarossa

    Touch scheduling was horrendus. i know, I know Fan excuse bingo. But premiering the pilot so early than poor advirtising for the finale, I thought it was over 2 weeks ago! But I really enjoyed last night, and will enjoy whatever airs beside Fringes on friday in the fall

  • Justin121

    Reality does well @ 10 pm.

    The Voice and Got Talent do well @ 10.

  • Steph

    I watched Breaking Pointe and it was really good, so kind of wish it had done a little better, but I guess that’s as good as it’s gonna get for CW summer!

  • Lisa

    LOL, Rookie Blue can’t even beat a rerun of a talent contest.

  • Vanessa

    Go Person Of Interest! Finch,Reese and Carter kick@ss

  • bluone

    @greysfan I totally agree with you !! Terra Nova’s finale left it with so much promise !!

  • AC75

    I’ve got nothing against Touch, but it should not have been renewed. It’s obviously going no where. There’s a lot of talk of FOX wanting to make Friday night a scripted TV event, but with the likes of Touch and that sci-fi insult Fringe, it’s like they’re doing their best to wreck their chances. If these shows are the very best they can muster to make Friday a success, they don’t deserve any better.

    @Melanie was right. FOX has become a charity.

  • Rebecca

    I watched Touch live last night for once; usually I wait and see it online over the weekend. It was nice to see Ian Gomez (of CT) in a dramatic role, and Maria Bello was good in it, too, as Amelia’s mom. Looks like she might be on Touch for a little while next season. Tonight are the last two episodes of BFF on NBC, so I plan to watch them.

  • Ray

    The first week of Duets was horrible and I’m a huge Kelly Clarkson fan so I watched again last night and it wasn’t actually that bad last night..The judges are starting to disagree about performances I think it could get better..But it might be to late due to the horrible and boring first episode..

  • Joseph

    But Univision topped the night among broadcast networks in the 18-34 demo; I expect that will be common throughout the Summer.

    However, I would think that last night’s (May 31st) most-watched TV program was the NBA playoff game between Oklahoma City and San Antonio on TNT, especially in light that it was San Antonio’s first playoff loss (after winning their first ten postseason games and had a 20-game winning streak, including the end of the regular-season).

  • BigAndy

    Thought Touch’s finale was 2 weeks ago. FOX did a horrible job of scheduling it after a week off and after everything else is done.

  • Networkman

    I agree with you Petar, CBS might as well begin showing Two & A Half Men on Thursday night. And then they should switch Rules of Engagement to Monday @8:30pm. Because that’s going to be its new home when Partners fail.

    NBC is really overdoing the AGT repeats. It is sad that they don’t have original programming from the Fall that could repeat decently during Summer.

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