June 1, 2012

The Sked: THURSDAY RATINGS May 31 — Duets Dying Even with No Competition

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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ABC’s singing competition series Duets is fading, averaging a 1.5 rating from 8-10 pm last night (down from last week’s 1.7 premiere).  A drop in the second week is not abnormal, but keep in mind Duets faced stiff competition last week from So You Think You Can Dance (2.4 rating).  This week FOX put up Touch, which wheezed to a 1.3 in its season finale.  At 10 pm, Rookie Blue (1.4 rating) matched last week’s premiere.  ABC averaged a 1.5 rating from 8-11 pm.

CBS actually won the night among the broadcasters, averaging a 1.6 rating from 8-11 pm with a slate of repeats.  A repeat Big Bang Theory scored a 2.3 rating at 8 pm, the highest-rated show on network TV last night and the only network telecast above a 2.0 rating.  (When the cable ratings are released this afternoon, the NBA Playoffs will become the highest rated telecast of the night.)  Rules of Engagement (1.8), Person of Interest (1.4) and The Mentalist (1.3) rounded out the CBS repeat lineup.    

FOX gave Touch a two-hour season finale.  Without any lead-in, the drama struggled to a 1.3 rating for both the 8 and 9 pm episodes.  Last year on this night, So You Think You Can Dance averaged a 2.9 at 8 pm, followed by a Glee repeat at 9 (1.4).

NBC finished in fourth place with a 1.1 rating from 8-11 pm: two repeat episodes of The Office from 8-9 pm (each 0.8 rating) and repeats of America’s Got Talent at 9 pm (1.1) and 10 pm (1.5).   

About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.