Rising Star Ratings Fail to Rise – Beat Handily by AGT (UPDATED)

Update: There were NO adjustments when the final numbers, from across timezones, came in. Read ABC’s press release.

From Marc Berman – The ratings for last night’s Rising Star premiere were disappointing. It trailed the new episode of America’s Got Talent NBC scheduled against it by double digits. The ratings  weren’t the only thing that was lackluster for the new ABC singing competition. I expect the ratings to only get worse, as word of mouth on this show won’t be great.

Note: Due to the live nature of “Rising Star,” overnight debut rating results (and the upcoming preliminary fast affiliate numbers posted at the TVMI website) are approximate for the new ABC singing competition. ABC has special ordered true Fast National Ratings from Nielsen for “Rising Star” with time-zone adjusted numbers, which will be released later today.

With that in mind, the opening overnight results were not positive for “Rising Star” on ABC. “Rising Star” scored a lackluster 3.2 rating/5 share in households from 9-11 p.m., which trailed competing “America’s Got Talent” on NBC (#1: 5.1/ 9) by a hefty 37 percent. Among adults 18-49 (based on 25 markets), “Rising Star” averaged a 1.4 rating/4 share, which was 30 percent below the 2.0/ 6 for “America’s Got Talent.” Although “Rising Star” did build from the 8:30 p.m. portion of the season-premiere of lead-in “Wipeout” (Households: 2.6/ 4, A18-49: 1.2/ 4) by 23 percent in households and 17 percent in the demo, NBC deserves the accolades for scheduling a Sunday edition of “America’s Got Talent” opposite it. Given all the hype, this is very disappointing for ABC. “Rising Star” half-hour breakdown:

Households: 3.2/ 5 – 3.3/ 5 – 3.3/ 6 – 3.1/ 6 (#2 in each of the four half-hours)
Adults: 18-49: 1.5/ 5 – 1.4/ 4 – 1.4/ 4 – 1.3/ 4 (#2 in each of the four half-hours)

I’ll update this post with more complete numbers later today.

Here’s the demo and viewer breakdown from TVByTheNumbers The numbers will be adjusted again due to the nature of live programming.  ABC will issue a press release when the final numbers are in.

The preliminary ratings for the series premiere of Rising Star garnered a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, down 12 percent from the premiere of ABC’s most recent summer talent show, Duets, on May 24, 2012.

7:00

ABC Wipeout – Season Premiere (7-9PM) 1.0/3 3.52
NBC American Ninja Warrior – R (7-9PM) 0.7/2 2.71
CBS 60 Minutes – R 0.5/2 6.53
FOX Enlisted – Series Finale 0.3/1 0.94

7:30

FOX American Dad – R 0.4/2 1.01

8:00

FOX The Simpsons – R 0.9/3 2.07
CBS Elementary – R 0.3/1 3.29

8:30

FOX The Simpsons – R 1.2/4 2.41

9:00

NBC America’s Got Talent (9-11PM) 2.1/6 8.00
ABC Rising Star – Series Premiere (9-11PM) – Live 1.5/5 5.02

FOX Family Guy – R 1.3/4 2.56
CBS The Good Wife – R 0.4/1 3.06

9:30

FOX American Dad – R 1.1/3 2.27

10:00

CBS The Mentalist – R 0.5/2 4.06

Half Hour Breakdown from Marc Berman

7:00 p.m.

ABC – Wipeout (season premiere)
Viewers: 3.01 million (#2), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#1)

CBS – 60 Minutes (R)
Viewers: 6.50 million (#21), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#2)

NBC – American Ninja Warrior (R)
Viewers: 2.00 million (#3), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#3t)

Fox – Enlisted
Viewers: 941.000 (#4), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#3t)

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7:30 p.m.

ABC – Wipeout (season premiere)
Viewers: 3.89 million (#2), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#1)

CBS – 60 Minutes (R)
Viewers: 6.57 million (#21), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#2)

NBC – American Ninja Warrior (R)
Viewers: 1.99 million (#3), A18-49: 0.4/ 2 (#3t)

Fox – American Dad! (R)
Viewers: 1.01 million (#4), A18-49: 0.4/ 2 (#3t)

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8:00 p.m.

ABC – Wipeout (season premiere)
Viewers: 3.89 million (#1), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#1)

CBS – Elementary (R)
Viewers: 3.40 million (#2), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#4)

NBC – American Ninja Warrior (R)
Viewers: 3.09 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#2t)

Fox – The Simpsons (R)
Viewers: 2.41 million (#4), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#2t)

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8:30 p.m.

ABC – Wipeout (season premiere)
Viewers: 4.28 million (#1), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#1t)

CBS – Elementary (R)
Viewers: 3.17 million (#3), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#4)

NBC – American Ninja Warrior (R)
Viewers: 3.73 million (#2), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#3)

Fox – The Simpsons (R)
Viewers: 2.41 million (#4), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#1t)

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9:00 p.m.

ABC – Rising Star (season premiere)
Viewers: 5.12 million (#2), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#2)

CBS – The Good Wife (R)
Viewers: 3.00 million (#3), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#4)

NBC – America’s Got Talent
Viewers: 6.85 million (#1), A18-49: 1.8/ 6 (#1)

Fox – Family Guy (R)
Viewers: 2.56 million (#4), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#3)

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9:30 p.m.

ABC – Rising Star (season premiere)
Viewers: 5.12 million (#2), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#2)

CBS – The Good Wife (R)
Viewers: 3.12 million (#3), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#4)

NBC – America’s Got Talent
Viewers: 7.97 million (#1), A18-49: 2.0/ 6 (#1)

Fox – American Dad! (R)
Viewers: 2.27 million (#4), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#3)

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10:00 p.m.

ABC – Rising Star (season premiere)
Viewers: 4.96 million (#2), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#2)

CBS – The Mentalist (R)
Viewers: 3.82 million (#3), A18-49: 0.5/ 1 (#3)

NBC – America’s Got Talent
Viewers: 8.54 million (#1), A18-49: 2.2/ 7 (#1)

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10:30 p.m.

ABC – Rising Star (season premiere)
Viewers: 4.88 million (#2), A18-49: 1.4/ 4 (#2)

CBS – The Mentalist (R)
Viewers: 4.30 million (#3), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#3)

NBC – America’s Got Talent
Viewers: 8.63 million (#1), A18-49: 2.2/ 7 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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