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Ratings: Duets Goes Out on a Low Note, Rookie Blue Hits a High

DUETS - ABC's major music series, "Duets," is hosted by Quddus ("Total Request Live") and stars four of the music industry's biggest Superstars, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Jennifer Nettles, and Robin Thicke. The series is a one-of a kind singing competition that takes the Superstars out from behind the judges' panel and onto the stage. (ABC/CRAIG SJODIN)
ROBIN THICKE, JENNIFER NETTLES, KELLY CLARKSON, JOHN LEGEND

ABC’s Duets is not singing a happy tune.

The freshman singing competition wrapped its run on Thursday night with a total audience of 4.5 million viewers and a 0.9 demo rating, down 5 and 10 percent week-to-week and hitting a series low with the 18-49 crowd.

The news was better for ABC …READ MORE


Duets Season Finale: The Winner Is… [Updated]

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Just like its charming/ridiculous “exploding mirrorball” logo and mid-2000s dance-club theme song, Duets wrapped its first season tonight with a vibe that was more about low-wattage summer fun than a serious coronation of the next big Billboard chart topper.

That doesn’t mean, however, that the contestant …READ MORE


Duets Recap: All Roads Lead to J Rome

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Some folks might gripe that Duets is yet another reality singing competition that’s guaranteed to produce a male winner — yeah, there’s not a lady to be found in the Final 3 — but I’ve got a bigger gripe with ABC’s low-wattage summer series: READ MORE


Ratings: Olympic Swimming Buoys Saving Hope, Duets Hits a Low Note

SAVING HOPE -- "The Flight" Episode 104 -- Pictured: (l-r) Erica Durance as Alex Reid, Michael Shanks as Charlie Harris -- (Photo by: Caitlin Cronenberg/NBC)

Buoyed by its splashy Olympic swimming trials lead-in — which drew 6.2 million total viewers and a 1.7 demo rating — NBC’s Saving Hope (3.3 mil/0.7) floated up two tenths in the demo and 22 percent in audience this week.

The news was not as good for other Thursday fare, however. Fox’s Take Me Out (2.3 mil/1.0) and The Choice (2.9 mil/1.2) …READ MORE


Duets Recap: Gotta Have Some Faith in the Sound

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Remember that time a suddenly blonde Kelly Clarkson covered “Freedom ’90″ and you went out of your mind with elation? Okay, that was last night on ABC’s Duets, and by “you,” I actually mean “me.” READ MORE


Duets Recap: All the Right Movies

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Memo to Duets‘ “superstar” mentors: Please stop telling each week’s Bottom 2 contestants that it doesn’t matter if they get booted, that their participation on ABC’s summer reality series is only the beginning of their careers in the music biz. READ MORE


Duets: Did the Right Contestant Get Booted?

DUETS - "Party Songs" - The music industry's biggest Superstars, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Jennifer Nettles and Robin Thicke, take the stage and perform party songs with their hand-picked Duet Partners. Tonight one amateur is eliminated, leaving six remaining in the competition. Hosted by Quddus, the series is a one-of a kind singing competition that takes the Superstars out from behind the judges' panel and onto the stage, on "Duets," WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13 (9:30-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/KELSEY MCNEAL)
JENNIFER NETTLES, J ROME

Duets is a little like the lamb chop I had for dinner last night: Perfectly lovely summer weeknight fare, but with tiny morsels that get stuck in your teeth and drive you loopy hours after the meal is over. READ MORE


Duets Recap: Points Blanked

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If you just tuned in to ABC’s Duets for the first time this week, congratulations! Because apparently, those of us who wasted our time on Episodes 1 and 2 were actually watching some sort of meaningless preliminary rounds that won’t have any impact on the competition.

If that’s not the case, then shame on ABC nonetheless. After all, …READ MORE


Duets Recap: New Kid on the Block

DUETS - "Classic Duets" - The music industry's biggest Superstars, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Jennifer Nettles and Robin Thicke, take the stage and perform classic duets with their hand-picked Duet Partners. Hosted by Quddus, the series is a one-of a kind singing competition that takes the Superstars out from behind the judges' panel and onto the stage, on "Duets," THURSDAY, MAY 31 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/KELSEY MCNEAL)
JOHN LEGEND, MELEANA BROWN

ABC clearly invested good money in developing Duets‘ unimonikered emcee Quddus. Unlike the hostbots of many competing reality-competition series, Quddus convincingly exhibits lifelike qualities such as humor, empathy, and even sarcasm. He’s also programmed for basic math skills and an uncanny ability to process and respond to stimuli taking place in front of him. Yes, reality TV fans, the future is here, and DWTS‘ Robo Brooke Burke might be scheduled for a summer “vacation” at the Pentium plant.

Quddus kicked off Week 2 by trying to explain how the hell this show actually works, …READ MORE


Ratings: So You Think You Can Dance Returns Up and Down, Duets Opens OK, Rookie Blue Solid

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: A contestant shows off her moves while waiting in line to audition on the Season Nine premiere of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE airing Thursday, May 24 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2012 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Jeff Neira/FOX

The Season 9 premiere of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance flitted away with the demo win this Thursday night, averaging a 2.4 while drawing 6.23 million total viewers.

Those numbers mark drops of 27 and 33 percent from the Season 8 opener, yet …READ MORE