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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Duets’ Finale & ‘Wipeout’ Hit Lows, ‘Big Brother’ Down

By | Friday July 20, 2012 @ 9:10am PDT

The Duets first-season finale on ABC saw J. Rome crowned the winner. It also saw the singing competition fall 10% from last week to hit a series low. Also on ABC, Wipeout (1.6/5) was down 11% to its season low. Rookie Blue (1.4/4), on the other hand, was up 17% from a week ago. On CBS, Big Brother (2.2/7) fell 15% from last week. NBC’s Saving Hope (0.5/2) was flat with last week. Rock Center With Brian Williams (0.7/2) was down 42%, tied for its lowest rating this summer. Fox’s dating show Take Me Out (1.2/4) was flat with last week. CBS won the night in adults 18-49 and total viewers with 6.53 million. The remainder of Thursday’s programming was repeats. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’ Returns Lower But Helps CBS Win Night

By | Friday July 13, 2012 @ 9:11am PDT

Big Brother RatingsCBS’ Big Brother (2.6/8) returned for another summer last night with four vets of the show as this season’s coaches. Hosted by Julie Chen, the 14th season of the reality show was down 7% from last year’s season bow but marked the highest adults 18-49 number for its season premiere since February 2008. It drew 7.09 million viewers to rank as the night’s most-watched show. The network also aired reruns of The Big Bang Theory – at 8 PM (2.3/8) and 8:30 (2.8/9) — and Person Of Interest (1.2/4) and took the night in total viewers and the demo. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Duets’ Flat, ‘Take Me Out’ & ‘The Choice’ Up, ‘Saving Hope’ Falls To New Low

By | Friday July 6, 2012 @ 9:06am PDT

With “Unforgettable” as one of the classics performed, ABC’s Duets  (1.0/3) went for the standards last night. That still left the singing series flat with last week and tied for a series low. Down 15% from last week, Wipeout (1.7/5) followed at 9 PM with a salute to the military. Rookie Blue (1.3/4) finished off the night up 18% from last week. Fox had a lot of love, or at least the search for it. There was Take Me Out (1.3/4), which was up 30% from last week to hit a series high. Then there was The Choice (1.6/5), which was up 33% from its last show last week.

NBC was half repeats and half new episodes. There were encores of The Office (0.6/2) and Parks and Recreation (0.6/2) The new Saving Hope (0.4/1) fell 43% from last week to its lowest rated broadcast yet. NBC ended its primetime Thursday with Rock Center With Brian Williams (0.9/3)., which was up 13% from last week.

CBS was all repeats Thursday night but that didn’t stop it from wining the night in both adult 18-49 and in total viewers overall with 7.76 million viewers. The network started off with a double shot of The Big Bang Theory at 8 PM (2.1/8) and 8:30 PM (2.4/8). That second BBT pulled in the most total viewers overall on Thursday with 8.86 million viewers, just a bit behind the first BBT of the night which … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Justin Bieber Bombs, ‘Dogs In The City’ Down, ‘Duets’ Stays Low

By | Thursday June 21, 2012 @ 9:11am PDT

There were no NBA Finals on TV last night, but there was some onscreen action with Justin Bieber passing out in Paris. Having said that, NBC’s one hour Justin Bieber: All Around The World (0.9/3) didn’t exactly score for the network. The first of two specials starring the Canadian superstar was down 47% from the network’s comparable Adele: Live In London (1.7/5special on June 3. Bieber pulled in 3.3 million viewers overall. On Fox, the two-hour Las Vegas callbacks of So You Think You Can Dance (2.4/8) from 8-10 PM was down 4% from last week. The network took the night in the adults 18-49 demo and total viewers (6.52 million). Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Wins Night, ‘Dogs In The City’ Rises, ‘Duets’ Ties Low

By | Thursday June 14, 2012 @ 9:00am PDT

There were no NBA Finals last night and a lot of repeats. Fox was the main exception: Running 8-10 PM, So You Think You Can Dance (2.4/7) slipped 4% from last week. However, the show’s new St. Louis auditions episode still won the night in adults 18-49 and total viewers. ABC had a primetime of repeats with the exception of its new struggling singing series Duets (1.2/3), which was flat with last Thursday’s show. Pulling in 3.93 million viewers, Duets tied its lowest rating since its May 24 premiere. Fox won the night in the demo and total viewers (6.49 million).

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CBS kicked off the night on a high before heading into Criminal Minds (1.3/4) and CSI (1.3/4) repeats. At 8 PM, the CBS reality series Dogs In The City (1.1/4) was up 22% from last week’s 0.9/3. The series, which debuted May 30, drew 5.59 million total viewers. NBC aired all repeats.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Duets’ Down Again, Premieres For ‘Saving Hope,’ ‘Take Me Out’ & ‘The Choice’

By | Friday June 8, 2012 @ 9:29am PDT

Thursday was a night of double premieres on Fox. The George Lopez-hosted dating show Take Me Out (1.3/5) started the evening at 8 PM. Rising significantly from its lead-in, the celebrity bachelor dating show The Choice (1.8/5) followed at 9 PM. In the same timeslot over on ABC, the two-hour Duets (1.2/4) was once again down. The third episode of the singing series fell 20% from last week, bring Duets its lowest ratings since its May 24 debut. On NBC, the debut of the Canadian medical drama Saving Hope (0.7/2) at 9 PM pulled in over 3.1 million total viewers.

NBC played repeats of The Office (0.6/2) and Parks and Recreation (0.6/2) at 8 PM and 8:30 PM. The CW had a new episode of Breaking Pointe (0.2/1) followed by a Vampire Diaries (0.2/1) repeat. At 10 PM, ABC had Rookie Blue (1.3/4), which was down a tenth from last week. NBC had Rock Center With Brian Williams (0.7/2), getting 3.2 million total viewers.

CBS had all repeats Thursday night. The 8 PM The Big Bang Theory (2.1/8) was the biggest draw of the night with over 8.1 million total viewers.  CBS was also the top network among adults 18-49 and, with an audience of 6.924 millions, in total viewers.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Touch’ Finale Down, ‘Duets’ Falls, CBS Wins Night

By | Friday June 1, 2012 @ 9:36am PDT

The end of the first season of Kiefer Sutherland’s Touch was not a high five for Fox. Without the benefit of an American Idol lead-in, the network aired back-to-back episodes of Touch last night, garnering a 1.3/5 at 8 PM and the 9 PM finale a 1.3/4. That was down four tenths from the last original episode of Touch on May 17. Next season, Touch is moving to Fridays. Over on ABC at 8 PM, a two-hour Duets (1.5/5) missed the high notes in its second week, down 12% from the singing show’s premiere episode. Following at 10 PM, Rookie Blue (1.4/4) was flat with last week’s Season 3 premiere. The premiere of the CW’s reality series Breaking Pointe earned a 0.3/1 at 8 PM. The night of repeats on NBC and CBS saw CBS win overall among adults 18-49 and total viewers (7.4 million). Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘SYTYCD’ & ‘Duets’ Premiere Lack High Notes, ‘Awake’ Ends Up

Thursday night’s battle of the competition premieres left neither really strutting their stuff. The two-hour 8 PM time slot premiere of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance(2.4/8) saw a misstep from last year. SYTYCD was down 27% from last year’s season opener. Going toe to toe with SYTYCD in the slot was ABC’s Duets (1.7/5) With American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles as judges, Duets can lay claim to some serious singing star power. ABC’s new singing competition show was up 8% over SYTYCD in total viewers, though Fox dominated the Adult 18-49 demo by 41%. Duets brought in around 6.7 million total viewers over the two hours  to Fox’s approximately 6.2 million. However, Duets was down 29% from last year’s Expedition Impossible premiere but that still made it ABC’s biggest audience in the slot on a post-season Thursday in 4 years.

With the season over and heading into the Memorial Day weekend, it was a night of repeats on NBC that paid off for the finale of Awake (0.9/3) The now canceled police procedural’s season one closer was up 29% from last week’s season low. Over on ABC in the same 9 PM time slot, the third season of Rookie Blue (1.4/4) started off down 13% from last year’s premiere.

In a night of repeats on CBS the 8 PM The Big Bang Theory (2.3/8) repeat drew over 8.2 million viewers. That was followed by 6.2 million watching Rules of Engagement (1.7/6) 7.8 million watching Person of Interest (1.4/4) and just a little more … Read More »

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John Legend To Replace Lionel Richie On ABC’s New Music Reality Series ‘Duets’

By | Monday April 30, 2012 @ 11:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

John Legend DuetsJohn Legend has joined the quartet of star mentors on ABC’s upcoming music reality series Duets. He replaces Lionel Richie, who was originally tapped for the gig but has pulled out citing scheduling conflicts. Duets will feature Legend, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles and Robin Thicke as they set out across the country looking for two undiscovered singers to be their duets partners. The duets will compete for the top prize: a recording contract with Hollywood Records for the aspiring singer. The show, hosted by Quddus, is slated to premiere May 24. Legend has been active in television lately. The nine-time Grammy winner also hosted and executive produced a music special, which is in consideration for a series pickup at Showtime.

Related: ABC Greenlights Music Competition Series ‘Duets’ Starring Kelly Clarkson For Summer

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ABC Announces Summer Schedule

By | Thursday April 5, 2012 @ 10:47am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ABC just unveiled its summer schedule, which features the return of Canadian import Rookie Blue as the only scripted show, joined by the second seasons of reality series Secret Millionaire and Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition and new installment of summer staples Wipeout and Bachelorette. The latter premieres May 14 and will be succeeded on Mondays by the third season of The Bachelor Pad. ABC’s new offerings this summer include the previously announced singing competition Duets, the improv comedy series Trust Us With Your Life, in the vein of ABC’s Whose Line Is It Anyway and featuring two of the stars of that series, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie,  and the mystery docu-series Final Witness.

Thursday, May 24:

8:00-10:00 p.m.            “Duets” (series premiere)

10:00-11:00 p.m.          “Rookie Blue”

Sunday, June 3:

8:00-9:00 p.m.              “Secret Millionaire”

9:00-11:00 p.m.            “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition”

Thursday, June 28:

9:00-10:00 p.m.            “Wipeout”

Tuesday, July 10:

9:00-10:00 p.m.            “Trust Us With Your Life” (series premiere, back-to-back episodes)

10:00-11:00 p.m.          “Final Witness” (series premiere)

Tuesday, July 17:

9:00-9:30 p.m.              “Trust Us With Your Life” (regular time period premiere)

Monday, July 23:

8:00-10:00 p.m.            “Bachelor Pad”

Here are descriptions of  ABC’s new summer series:

DUETS – PREMIERES THURSDAY, MAY 24 (8:00-10:00 p.m.)

“Duets” is a one-of-a-kind singing competition that takes the Superstars out from behind the judges’ panel and onto the stage. Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles, Lionel Richie and Robin Thicke set out on individual journeys across America looking … Read More »

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Quddus To Host ABC’s Reality Series ‘Duets’

By | Thursday March 29, 2012 @ 9:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Quddus Duets ABCFormer Total Request Live host Quddus has been tapped to host ABC’s upcoming music competition series Duets. The series features Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles, Lionel Richie, and Robin Thicke as they set out across the country looking for two undiscovered singers to be their duets partners. “This show is going to take the singing competition genre to the next level and I’m absolutely honored to be a part of it,” Quddus said. Duets, executive produced by Robert Deaton, premieres this summer. Following his stint on MTV’s TRL, Quddus, repped by APA and Rain Management, hosted TVOne Access and Nickelodeon’s Dance On Sunset and was a correspondent for Access Hollywood. On the music front, he served as an A&R consultant for MySpace Records.

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ABC Greenlights Music Competition Series ‘Duets’ Starring Kelly Clarkson For Summer

By | Thursday March 8, 2012 @ 6:41am PST
Nellie Andreeva

ABC has picked up Duets, a singing competition starring Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles, Lionel Richie and Robin Thicke. On the show, Clarkson, Nettles, Richie and Thicke will individually travel across America looking for undiscovered talent. Ultimately, each star will choose two singers to be his/her duet partners. Together the mentors and their protégés will take the stage each week and perform in front of a live studio audience. In the end, one of the pairs will win, with the amateur getting a recording contract with Hollywood Records. Duets is executive produced by Robert Deaton, while Charles Wachter is co-executive producing. With Duets, ABC is throwing its hat into the music competition series ring. The network joins the CW, which also has a summer singing competition series, the Queen Latifah-produced Star Next Door, where mentors, including Gloria Estefan and John Rich, will each travel the country looking for undiscovered talent. Duets is listed as an original series though there have been similar series airing internationally. In the U.S., Fox aired Celebrity Duets, executive produced by Simon Cowell, in summer 2007. With Duets, Clarkson returns to summer reality series where she rose to fame on the first season of American Idol.

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