Updated TV Ratings Thursday: 'Duets', 'Rookie Blue' and 'Breaking Pointe' Fall + Premieres for 'Saving Hope', 'Take Me Out' and 'The Choice'

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June 8th, 2012



Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.6/5 1.5/5 1.2/4 1.2/4 0.7/2 0.2/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.0/5 1.3/5 0.9/3 1.2/4 0.4/1 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.924 3.759 5.296 3.137 2.743 0.595


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

On FOX, the premiere of Take Me Out  earned a 1.3  18-49 rating, but was beaten in its time-period by a repeat of The Big Bang Theory. Still, that's better than last year's premiere of Buried Treasure on Fox which scored a mere 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. The Choice premiere did a little better, earning a 1.7 rating. Update: in time zone adjusted ratings The Choice was adjusted up to a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC,  Duets  scored a 1.2 rating, down three tenths from last week's 1.5  adults 18-49 rating and producing its lowest series ratings to date.   Rookie Blue garnered a 1.3 rating, down a tenths from last week's 1.4 rating among adults 18-49.

On the CW, the second episode of reality series Breaking Pointe earned a 0.2, down a tenth from last week's 0.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, the premiere of Saving Hope earned a 0.7 rating. Rock Center with Brian Williams also earned a 0.7 rating.

CBS was all repeats for the evening

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, June 8, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory  -R 2.1 8 8.167
FOX Take Me Out 1.3 5 3.306
ABC Duets (8-10PM) 1.2 4 5.233
NBC The Office -R 0.6 2 2.077
CW Breaking Pointe 0.2 1 0.687
8:30PM CBS 2 Broke Girls -R 1.7 6 6.269
NBC Parks and Recreation -R 0.6 2 1.807
9:00PM FOX The Choice 1.8 5 4.213
CBS Person Of Interest -R 1.5 4 6.909
NBC Saving Hope 0.7 2 3.124
CW The Vampire Diaries -R 0.2 1 0.503
10:00PM CBS The Mentalist -R 1.5 4 6.649
ABC Rookie Blue 1.3 4 5.424
NBC Rock Center with Brian Williams 0.7 2 3.164

Via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.6/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.2/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.1/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/4. 
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4 with an encore).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2 with an encore).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • May

    I think those numbers make POI the highest rated show on repeats for CBS this week. Cool! This is such a well written show and the cast is so good. Jim C. is amazing.
    This show will be bigger than NCIS.
    BTW , this show is going to the San Diego comic-con. Thanks CBS :)

  • John A

    @Sid i do talk crap about Nikita i admit but i did the same with TSC GG and Ringer. I never saw u complaning when i did that with them.

  • Noname_Rex

    ABC simply CANNOT air a singing show can then?

  • Katy

    Delete Saving Hope please!

  • Matt

    @May, I agree with you that “Person of Interest” will be bigger.. and this is coming from an old faithful NCIS fan. Heck, the rerun is even better than those summer movies imo.

  • Ale

    Saving Hope was bad!!!

    Also why is it that when someone criticizes Erica Durance people automatically says is a fan of Allison or Kristin? Not everybody kisses the floor that Erica walks on. I love Smallville but some fans are just crazy!! =/

  • jake

    That’s a shame Saving Hope did so bad, I like Erica Durance so I will tune in, let’s see if the show is as bad as many people say.

  • Freddy Arrow


    “So, you Americans, don’t watch TV during Summer? Every night is filled with repeats and supposedly low quality shows than fall and spring. Why does this happen only during summer?”

    Tradition? Not really sure why it happened originally. At this point, we’ve all been trained that there’s nothing good to watch in the summer. Personally, the summer is when I catch up with my DVR and watch a lot of movies. Also, the kids are out of school, so TV watching gets much more chaotic and haphazard. Another reason DVR’s and DVD’s are awesome.

  • jude

    Bummed that Saving Hope didn’t do better in the US, but in Canada it looks set to be the #1 show for viewers this week (1.5 mil approx), beating Rookie Blue, which was the #1 (1.3 mil approx) last week. Those Canadian viewing figures might look puny, but don’t forget that Canada has a population of about 35 mil, whereas the States has has over 300 mil people. So rock on Saving Hope!

  • Petar

    @May who said:
    I think those numbers make POI the highest rated show on repeats for CBS this week. Cool! This is such a well written show and the cast is so good. Jim C. is amazing.
    This show will be bigger than NCIS.
    BTW , this show is going to the San Diego comic-con. Thanks CBS

    highest rated DRAMA!!! highest rated show is and long years will be TBBT.

    ALL WB hit shows and new shows will be in San Diego comic-con. TBBT will be there too. I am not sure but with litle luck PoI stars can be there too. And may me even Abrams or Nolan!smile.

  • JR

    Singing-competition-show fatigue kicking in big right now.

  • Katy

    Canadians love the canadians in their productions because there are no American actors .Saving Hope was bad!

  • American

    Saving Hope was viewed about half as much in Canada (1.52 million) as US (3.124 million). Apparently Canada doesn’t even like their own shows. :)

  • jessica

    Rachel, Saving Hope had 1.52M viewers and was #1 nationally in a18-34 and a18-49 and in Toronto was #1 in ppl 2+, a18-49, and a25-54. Or in short, the people watched it. Bell’s press release doesn’t get into more details.

    American, that is the kind of spin one would expect from an American! Canada’s population is about 1/9 to 1/10th that of the US. To somewhat level the comparison multiply the Canadian viewers by 9. Then you have 13.62 v 3.124. Or if you take the viewers as a percentage of the latest population stats listed on Wikipedia you have 4.54047% of Canada tuning in v 0.99588% of the US tuning in.

    Becca, Canadian shows don’t get cancelled after one episode. Things work and are financed differently in Canada. In the US they only make a few episodes prior to broadcast whereas in Canada it is somewhat common to have the entire season done by the time of the premiere. Whether it lasts the full 13 on NBC or not all 13 will be shown in Canada. If they didn’t broadcast the other 12 episodes it would cost them a hell of a lot with loss of tax credits and eligibility of future productions. If it were a failure they could move it to CTV two or maybe Bravo!. But it won’t go unaired.

    Becca, have you considered that some might have tuned in because they are fans of Michel Shanks. :)

    As for it being put out of it’s misery, not gonna happen. South of the border it may be misery but here it was a massive success. That doesn’t mean i think it is good; i have yet to watch it. Saving Hope had the largest premiere audience of any domestic show this season (which is also divided different from the US seasons). The same thing happened last year with Combat Hospital, popular in the north and a dud in the south. Similar thing with The Listener three years ago. ABC showed 12/13 of Combat Hospital and it got cancelled despite being the #1 new show of the season in the north on Global. NBC bailed on The Listener half way through the first season and it was renewed and renewed again in the north and performs quite well on CTV no matter the day or time or even when in the year it is shown. The Listener’s US premiere three years ago was 3.7/6 HH and 5.315M (back then Robert didn’t post the 18-49 rating/share). Unlike with The Listener there is not already a sale of the show to a large international broadcaster so Saving Hope might end up being a one-season-and-done show.

    It isn’t that NBC dumped the show in that time slot. It is that it is a brilliant time slot on CTV and NBC decided to simulcast rather than have a delay. Thursdays at 9pm is when Grey’s Anatomy is on CTV so filling the void with another medical drama is a very practical thing as there is already an audience accustomed to tuning in for a medical drama at that time.

    Kate, comparing Saving Hope and rookie blue is kind of funny since both shows come from the same executive producers & 2/3 production companies.

  • Peanut

    @American, I don’t think that’s the appropriate way to look at the number comparison between Canada and the US in terms of viewers for SAVING HOPE. Canada has a much smaller population which means the proportion of the country that watched the show was actually higher in Canada than the US. Also, looking at other Canadian shows, SAVING HOPE performed just as well if not better. The official press release from CTV (the Canadian network that aired it) brags, “The series now ranks as the highest rated series premiere for an original Canadian series for the 2011/2012 season and is the highest premiere of any summer series this season, U.S. or Canadian. SAVING HOPE also finished #1 last night with A18-34, A18-49 and the key female demos nationally and ranked #1 in key market of Toronto with 2+, A18-49 and A25-54.” It did well in Canada.

    As for the US, well, it didn’t do as well as it should have. NBC is a struggling network that improperly advertised the show. CTV actually put out a lot of web content prior to the show’s launch, put billboards and other tangible ads throughout the country, and had some of the stars of the show on their talk shows. NBC could have done more ads and had Erica, Daniel, or Michael on talk show to promote the show, but they didn’t bother. NBC changed the timeslot fairly last minute and, as a result, some publications (like my local TV paper) advertised it as airing at 10 when it aired at 9. They also used ads that highlighted only one aspect of the show (Charlie) in a misguided attempt to have the show appear to echo AWAKE. They made it look like a show about a male lead, when it’s more about a female lead. It also only focused on the drama element and not some of the show’s more youthful and humorous aspects.

    The comments about Erica Durance and SMALLVILLE fans I’ve read here make me roll my eyes. In its final season, SMALLVILLE had about the same ratings SAVING HOPE got. Not every SMALLVILLE viewer was an Erica Durance fan, so if all of her fans watched SAVING HOPE (and many of her fans are international) it wouldn’t give it huge numbers. The same is true of VAMPIRE DIARIES’ Daniel Gillies and STARGATE’s Michael Shanks. That said, the reviews for the show may have been mixed but the performances were rarely, if ever, criticized. VARIETY singled Durance out in particular for her stellar performance.

    I don’t think it was the actors or the show, which I was surprised I enjoyed as much as I did, that are entirely to blame for SAVING HOPE’s disappointing showing in America. I think the fault lies with NBC and with a society that seems to increasingly prefer tacky reality shows and gritty crime shows. Meanwhile, heartwarming and thought-provoking shows about family life and hope struggle as PARENTHOOD, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, and SAVING HOPE have. No wonder our neighbors to the north who are mocked for their kindness were more open to it.

  • Craig

    So both Canadian shows that NBC picked up this year were the worst bombs in NBC history… Something tells me they wont be picking up any more Canadian shows.

  • Tom

    I saw an article in Zap2It several days ago in which Britt Robertson confirmed that TSC was more or less officially dead. Evidently, ABC Family didn’t have the space for it. It also seems that the show was expensive in comparison to bombs like HOD, so that just provides an even clearer explanation of why Pedowicz cancelled it. As a result, I’m boycotting the CW permanently and plan to participate in a Twitter campaign to encourage others to follow suit. However, this won’t be much of an imposition considering next season’s schedule. Wish us luck.

  • Delynn

    I SO wanted Saving Hope to do better! It really isn’t just another medical drama. It’s Ghost Whisperer meets justanothermedicaldrama! See? That’s totally fresh and new!
    It also happens to star Michael Shanks and Erica Durrance, both of whom I love and want their works to succeed, and someone named Gillies who I don’t know but I’ve already decided is my new favourite.

  • Noelle

    I was going to watch The Choice to make fun of it for being a rip-off of The Voice (and ending up being quite a horrible show) and I ended up seeing Take Me Out right before it and that show was actually hilarious. I definitely wouldn’t watch The Choice again, but I would give Take Me Out another hour of my life.

  • Becca

    Who gives a flip if it’s successful in Canada? I’m sure that Erica Durance and co-stars won’t take much solace in losing out on a primetime network show in the US (even if that network is NBC) to stick with some crummy CTV level of “fame.” Yeah it’s a paycheck but for most actors of any degree of success (as these three leads have had — a DEGREE of success), they would of course want the biggest and best opportunities to further their careers. No offense to our sisters up North, but there’s a reason Canadians come down here to become stars. Now, for Michael Shanks who is getting on in years and has already reached all the success he’s going to have, it probably doesn’t matter as much as it does to Durance and Gillies. Particularly Durance, who seems to be a complete neurotic as it is and will probably have a breakdown when they tell her the news that NBC is sending her back to American Siberia.

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