Fox Wins Tuesday Ratings Battle with ‘Duets’ Debut

Aug 30, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Fox claimed the title as top-rated network Tuesday in the adults 18 to 49 demographic thanks to the two-hour debut of its new reality series “Celebrity Duets.”

“Duets,” which features celebrities paired with well-known recording artists, scored a 3.0 preliminary national rating in the age group, a number that includes live viewing plus same-day viewing by people using digital video recorders, according to Nielsen Media Research.

That was up 15 percent from Fox’s prior four-week time period average of 2.6, but down 64 percent from the year-ago debut of “Bones” and “House,” which each scored a 4.9. “Duets” grew or maintained its audience in the 18 to 49 demo every half-hour, starting with a 2.7 and finishing with a 3.1.

“Duets” was the third-highest-rated program Tuesday in the demographic, behind only an original episode of CBS’s “Big Brother: All Stars” (3.1) at 8 p.m. (ET) and the top-rated program for the night, CBS’s “Rockstar: Supernova” at 9 p.m. (3.2).

CBS was second for the night in adults 18 to 49 with a 2.7, followed by NBC (2.2) and ABC (2.1).