Those numbers mark drops of 27 and 33 percent from the Season 8 opener, yet are up from last summer’s finale.
ABC’s Duets debuted to 6.7 million total viewers — besting SYTYCD — while scoring a 1.7 demo rating, down 8 and 26 percent from the network’s year-ago combo of Wipeout and Expedition: Impossible.
Thursday’s other premiere, ABC’s Rookie Blue, drew 6 mil — its largest audience since August 2010 — and a 1.4 (down two tenths from last year’s opener).
NBC’s Awake (2.85 mil/0.9) finished its run on a high note, up 36 and 29 percent opposite Rookie Blue and a Mentalist rerun.
What were you watching this first Thursday of the off-season?
A Big Bang Theory repeat netted the night’s largest audience (8.3 million total viewers).