8:57am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Duets' Premiere Lacks Viewing Partners
On the heels of the American Idol finale, Fox debuted the ninth cycle of So You Think You Can Dance on Thursday night. The first round of auditions pulled a 2.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 6.2 million viewers over its two-hour broadcast, pushing the network to an easy demo win for the night. The episode marked a 27 percent drop from last summer's premiere, which earned a 3.3 adults rating, but it improved on the finale, climbing nearly half of a point.
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ABC debuted its foray into singing competitions with a bit of a thud. Duets only managed to earn a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 after several weeks of heavy promotion. Although it did improve with the demo from the first to the second hour, it lost more than 100,000 viewers at 9 p.m., averaging 6.7 million during the course of the broadcast. The return of Rookie Blue was down just two-tenths of a point from last summer's premiere with a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49. ABC averaged a 1.6 rating in the demo with 6.5 million viewers.
Tying ABC's second-place demo finish was CBS with a block of encores that took in the night's most viewers of any network: 7.6 million.
Awake ended its brief run with some good news. Despite two hours' worth of repeats leading into the final broadcast of the NBC drama, the series saw nearly a 30 percent boost from the penultimate episode with a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49.
Perez Hilton All Access debuted on The CW with just a 0.3 adults rating at 8 p.m.