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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  • christy

    This coming Monday, Thursday and Friday, They will be showing five hours of The
    Mentalist on TNT.
    Monday – 5 hours
    Thursday – 7 hours
    Friday – 5 hours

  • Fourat

    Touch is going to be canceled next year .. A shure thing

  • TatiG

    Pathetic NBC

  • Networkman

    Touch finale should of aired last Thursday and then season premiere of SYTYCD could of started on Wednesday and then had a special airing last night. I think FOX was concerned about the holiday weekend.

    I do feel FOX likes the quality of Touch better than The Finder. It has potential but it needs revamped. New writers may be needed to help quicken the pace of the show. Also, I would love to see grade A actresses/actors joining to help bring new audiences as well. Mario Bello is a good start.

  • ToXiX

    Duets. What a Joke

  • disney rocks

    So is AGT on every day of the week?

  • disney rocks

    Why not rerun Parenthood?

  • Joseph

    Those are really bad numbers for Duets anyone know if the ABC is losing their shirts on this one?
    As for CBS , good to see that good repeats still beat really bad original programming.

  • The End

    Touch is showing fans the numbers it will recieve on Friday.

    That said I’m going for lower now that the finale has done so poorly. I’m thinking under 3 million on Friday.

    Touch Pilot(ep 1): 12.01 million
    Touch finale(ep 11,12) 4.61 million

    Over 60 percent of its original audience lost, can only assume it was renewed because Kiefer Sutherland is in the show.

  • The End


    Agree, now I believe Terra Nova should of had its format slightly changed by Fox had it been picked up.

    Should of done as 2 x 6 1hr 30 minute episodes. To conclude the series instead of cancelling(Mini series format).

    Shame I guess.

  • Nick

    Get that into your heads. Most people did not know about this episode. For airing two weeks after the end of the season after a 1-week break, this is an acceptable rating. FOX would be stupid to disregard that.

  • The End


    Thanks for trying Capt Obvious but Nielsen viewers are more than capable of knowing when something is being aired. I could list at least 10 shows that have had random breaks and have rated higher, or consistant to what the episode before recieved.

    For example Once Upon a Time(2 week gap between eps)

    Episode 13 – 9.84 million
    Episode 14 – 10.67 million

    (3 week gap between eps)
    Episode 18 – 8.36 million
    Episode 19 – 9.08 million

    I could list many more examples to prove this point.

  • sammy

    Touch nooooo i love this show its sooo different why aren’t more ppl watching it?

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE Rookie Blue, what a great episode, Sam is delicious! More shirtless scenes! :D

  • Mike

    Good numbers for POI.
    CBS is going to rock Thursdays next season , TBBT, THM, POI and Elementary.
    I am thrilled CBS is giving POI such an important lead in. This show deserves it and CBS won’t retreat this move.

  • Ultima

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

    Big Brother will break up their Thursday block in a month anyways, so it doesn’t really matter.

    NBC is really overdoing the AGT repeats.

    AGT repeats better than their top scripted program, I would schedule it a lot, too! Also, outside of the odd extra repeat while they’re still transitioning into the summer lineup, they only repeat each episode once.

    Touch finale should of aired last Thursday and then season premiere of SYTYCD could of started on Wednesday

    Why delay the start of your big summer reality series for a show that does significantly worse in the ratings?

    I think the choice was between last night or Friday 18 May (three hours in two nights), neither of which was ideal. They’ll probably repeat the two-hour finale the final Friday of summer, so people who missed it due to the odd scheduling will be fine.

    @disney rocks
    So is AGT on every day of the week?

    No, usually three or four nights a week, though (up to seven hours total).

  • Scandalfan

    Duets is the worse singing talent show out there. The singers are awful, the concept is confusing and I don’t like the judges.

  • Steph

    It’s a shame because Duets is actually a good show. It was a mistake debuting in the spring/summer.

  • Touch fan

    Oh no! Touch is so good. I was expecting the finale to be around 7-8million, boy was i wrong. Fox… what were they playing at! They left it like two weeks from the last episode. No wonder why the finale was down. Hopefully an improvement during the second season

  • The End

    @Touch fan
    @They left it like two weeks from the last episode

    Which has nothing to do with these numbers. As explained above.

    That said, it’s understandable that people are drawing from the fan excuse bingo because their fav show is doing dreadfully.

    Denial and a few others have been thrown about by some Touch fans so far.

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