Duets: Summer 2012 Ratings

Duets ratingsHere are the ratings for Duets, the ABC singing competition that pairs Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Robin Thicke, and Jennifer Nettles with aspiring singers. The first season of Duets typically airs Wednesday or Thursday nights on the ABC network.

These are the TV show’s ratings for the 2011-12 season, the best way to tell if Duets is going to be cancelled or renewed for season two. Check out our ABC summer ratings report card to see how this show’s numbers compare with the others on the network.

These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page:

Final season averages: 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 4.93 million total viewers.

Episode 01-09: Thursday, 07/19/12 (finale)
1.0 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 4.48 million.
Season averages: 1.19 in the demo with 4.93 million.

Episode 01-08: Thursday, 07/12/12
1.0 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 4.73 million.
Season averages: 1.21 in the demo with 4.99 million.

Episode 01-07: Thursday, 07/05/12
1.0 demo rating (0% episode-to-episode change) with 4.77 million.
Season averages: 1.24 in the demo with 5.02 million.

Episode 01-06: Thursday, 06/28/12
1.0 in the demo (-17% episode-to-episode change) with 4.30 million.
Season averages: 1.28 in the demo with 5.06 million.

Episode 01-05: Wednesday, 06/20/12
1.2 in the demo (+9% episode-to-episode change) with 4.19 million.
Season average: 1.34 in the demo with 5.22 million.

Episode 01-04: Wednesday, 06/13/12
1.1 in the demo (-8% episode-to-episode change) with 3.95 million.
Season average: 1.38 in the demo with 5.47 million.

Episode 01-03: Thursday, 06/07/12
1.2 in the demo (-20% episode-to-episode change) with 5.27 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.47 in the demo with 5.98 million.

Episode 01-02: Thursday, 05/31/12
1.5 in the demo (-12% episode-to-episode change) with 5.92 million.
Season average: 1.60 in the demo with 6.34 million.

Episode 01-01: Thursday, 05/24/12
1.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 6.76 million total viewers.
Season average: 1.70 in the demo with 6.76 million.

It was an unimpressive start for this new series. It was in third place at 8pm and in second place for the remainder of the half hours, beaten by FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance by 29% in the demo. It may be that America is tiring of singing competitions or at least that they’re not ready to embrace another one so soon after the finales of The Voice and American Idol. Perhaps the network would have benefited from waiting a few weeks to premiere this one.

Note: These ratings are collected by the Nielsen company and are the final national numbers. These are different from the fast affiliate numbers which are just estimates of the actual ratings and are reported on by most other outlets. The final nationals are typically released within 24 hours of the programming or, in the case of weekends and holidays, a couple days later.

What do you think? Do you like the Duets TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a second season? How does it compare to others in this genre?

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  1. Helen says

    It has amazing vocals on that show! Kelly Clarkson hit the bull’s eye when she said many stars in the US cannot sing as well as many of these contestants!!! Keep the show going! Absolutely love the judges, especially Kelly and of course, Jennifer!!!!

  2. Vince Headington says

    Superb musical entertainment! It’s like being at a a concert, but better-so much talent.

  3. Maureen Headington says

    DUETS is one of my favorite shows … bringing high-quality musical entertainment into our homes. Love the pro-performances and not wasting time watching untalented wannabee performers embarrass themselves, as on other reality shows. I HOPE IT IS RENEWED!

    (scoring issues can/should be fixed)

  4. says

    I love the Duet, I used to watch the Voice (i love it still) but Ameican Idol and Xfactor..no.but the Duet, I love all of them, hope they ALL comes back for another seasons…John, Robin Kelly and Jennifer (after the baby born) but If John is not on…well I guess I have to watch the Voice…

  5. Christine says

    I really like the show. It’s different from American Idol, because the contestants are actually singing with these incredibly famous musicians and have to prove their ability to keep up. It’s incredibly difficult to keep up vocally with Kelly Clarkson, so anyone who can handle that already has my vote. The contestants are getting constant feedback from their idols during rehearsals, and this gives them a chance to prove that they can not only handle sharing a stage with some of today’s biggest artists, but also by themselves. I definitely think this show should be picked up again.

  6. Judy says

    We love the program Duets. I don’t watch So you think you an dance or The Voice. I usually don’t care for that type of program but Duets we enjoyed. Especially Jennifer Nettles and the partners she chose.

  7. FELICIA says

    I thought this show was only to be aired for the summer. It’s really not such a great show that should be renewed. I do love some of the singing but not all of it. I’m sick and tired of hearing the word “pitchy”

  8. Elsie says

    I don’t think they should cancel it. I hope they learned some lessons and revise the voting system (let the public vote on all shows, no mentor voting) and instead of singing 3 minute songs, shorten them by half. Also, the first few shows with the 8 contestants should be no longer than 1 and a half hours. 2 hours is too long. I do like the fact that nobody was eliminated the first 2 shows. It give the amateurs a chance to get used to being on t.v. and get comfortable. I hope they keep that.
    If they renew it they have to make sure that Kelly and Jennifer are signed up. I could live without John but Robin is kind of fun in his goofy slimey way, so if he stays or goes it wouldn’t bother me.

  9. Sue says

    I really enjoyed Duets. I hope they keep it going. It was fast moving every week and I like the whole concept with the stars singing the duets and at times performing with each other. Very entertaining.

  10. says

    I love Duets and this different and fresh concept. It is very entertaining and I like the pairings of the amateurs and professionals. I hope ABC renews it!
    I especially love Kelly–she is an awesome mentor and has such a huge personality and sense of humor, love her energy and enthusiasm–she is a hoot! She makes the show!

    I hope the songs will be available for sale–I keep checking.


  11. Rita Johnson says

    My husband and I love Duets. It is a little different than most of the talent shows in the fact that they don’t drag it out for months. The stars personally pick (2) contestants that they think are talented and then mentor them. It is entertaining and I love to see the chemistry between the stars and the contestants and the growth of each contestant. The elimination is also different in the fact that the contestant is taken off the show at the beginning and they don’t drag it out and stress the contestant out for the whole show. I like the concept and will continue to watch if it is renewed and hopefully it will be.

  12. Tony says

    I hope they renew it. I would disagree with comments saying the singers aren’t stars. They are all stars in their genre, of which only Kelly is pop, so the other three are not known by some people who don’t follow country or R&B.

    They probably should come up with something besides “superstars” to refer the them as I think only Kelly could rank that high. But I can see why they did it since “Dancing with the Stars” has minimized the term “Star” by using it to refer to everyone from Rob Kardashian to Chaz Bono.

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