The premiere season of Duets aired its second week on Thursday, May 31, 2012. The ratings fell from a 1.7 in the first episode to a 1.5 with a 5 share in the 18-to-49 demographic.
Overall, the May 31st episode had an average of 5.89 million viewers.
In the 8:00 p.m. to 8:30 time slot, a rerun of The Big Bang Theory beat Duets in the demo and viewers. The Big Bang Theory had a 2.3 in the demo and 8.7 million viewers. However, Duets was second in that time slot.
In the 8:30 to 9:00 time slot, the Duets average was beaten by a rerun of Rules of Engagement, which had a 1.8 share and 6.45 million viewers.
The 9:00 to 10:00 slot was a bit better for Duets. A rerun of Person of Interest had 7.39 million viewers, but it’s demo rating was a 1.4. So this is somewhat of a victory for Duets except when you consider that it should be killing reruns for its first-run broadcasts.
The voting gimmick on Duets is one of the dumbest things I have ever seen in my life. It seems to have gotten it from shows like Survivor, which vote out members of the tribe. But that is a completely different concept that involves other elements, such as alliances. Shows like Survivor also do not have a strong talent element. For Christ’s sake, the winner of Duets is supposed to get a record deal with Hollywood Records. There should be no gimmicks with the scoring. Either the public should be voting from the beginning, or an independent judging panel should be doling out the scores.
And why do we still not know the rules of the game? Duets seems to be making up the rules on a weekly basis. The show has zero credibility at this point. And that’s not to mention they already decided they want J Rome to win and are trying to push him down our throats. Duets is a joke and deserves to have low ratings.