At this point, the ratings for Thursday night’s television lineup are starting to get a little sad. When a repeat of “The Big Bang Theory” still wins the night despite a plethora of new programming, you know that there is a problem with some of what the other networks are putting on the table.
ABC – Let’s start with a network that surely thought that their Thursdays were going to fare much better than this in the summer. Both “Duets” and “Rookie Blue” fell to new series-low 1.0 ratings in the 18-49 demographic, and this was with the hype of it being the first “Duets” live show. Meanwhile, “Wipeout” suffered while sandwiched between them, and its 1.9 rating is down significantly from last summer’s premiere.
NBC – “Saving Hope” actually saw its numbers go up, but only slightly as it reached a 0.7 rating. Meanwhile, “Rock Center with Brian Williams” stuck with a 0.8 that really should feel pretty familiar to it by now.
Fox – Is anyone even watching “Take Me Out” and “The Choice” outside of us and the people who are actually on it? We’re starting to think not so much. “Take Me Out” drew a 1.0 and just a measly 2.3 million viewers, while the female-driven “Choice” episode only pulled in a 1.2.
The CW – The only other new program on the night was “Breaking Pointe,” and it continues to be the network’s most-successful summer show — though that is not really saying much. The reality show about ballet drew a 0.3 rating and around 870,000 viewers.
The good news for some of these struggling shows is that they all have pretty short seasons — so at the end of the day, they will be gone before you can really start the protests for them to be canceled.
What did you watch Thursday? If you love “Duets,” be sure and check out our review.