Celebrity Duets debut beaten by Big Brother 7

FOX’s Celebrity Duets have been beaten by the hamsters: the new series had lower ratings than Big Brother 7 in both total viewers and among viewers 18 to 49.

Celebrity Duets was watched by 7.7 million viewers in its first hour and 8.6 million in its second hour. Rock Star: Supernova, which aired opposite the second hour, had fewer total viewers (7 million), “but won out in total viewers,” according to Variety.

Variety calls these “mediocre numbers,” although The Hollywood Reporter calls this a “victory song for” FOX because it lead “to a primetime victory in two key measures.”

Next week, the new series moves to Thursdays and Fridays for the rest of its short run, so its ratings could improve (or decline).

CBS reality lineup flattens ‘Duets’ [Variety]
Fox’s ‘Duets’ has victory song for Tuesday [Hollywood Reporter]

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