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TV ratings: 'Big Bang Theory,' Michael Phelps lead a quiet Thursday

Fast National ratings for Thursday, June 28, 2012Thursday was not a banner night for the broadcast networks, with several original programs declining from previous outings and NBC's Olympic trials coverage also down a bit. "Duets" hit its lowest note to date for ABC, and the summer debut of "Wipeout" was down from last year. FOX's dating-show duo of "Take Me Out" and "The Choice" was also down, but NBC's sports coverage gave a bit of a bump to "Saving Hope." CBS had the night's most-watched show with a "Big Bang Theory" repeat.CBS led the night overall with 6.5 million viewers and a 4.3 rating/7 share in households. ABC (5 million, 3.0/5) came in second, beating out NBC's 4.3 million viewers and 2.8/5. FOX (2.6 million, 1.7/3) came in fourth. The CW drew just over 760,000 viewers and a 0.5/1.ABC and CBS tied for the lead among adults 18-49, but they scored only a meager 1.3... //

Jennifer Nettles: 'Duets' has 'been quite a learning experience'

Zap2it: If you were launching your career now, would you consider being a contestant on "Duets"?Jennifer Nettles: You know, it's so hard to say. I would hope that in some ways, I would be open to it. I've always been that way in my career, this being a current example of exploring new things and doing what it takes to get material heard.If there were something else opening up when I was coming through the ranks, I would like to think I'd have been open. We are in such different times than we were 20 years ago.PICS: 'Duets' Season 1Zap2it: When did the "Duets" process actually begin for you?Jennifer Nettles: The producers approached me last November, to plant the seed and say, "Hey, it's an idea we're throwing around, and we'd love for you to be a part of it. Can we talk about it?" I knew we were going to tour this year, so... //

TV Ratings: 'Duets' up slightly; 'So You Think You Can Dance' leads quiet Wednesday

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, June 20, 2012"So You Think You Can Dance" scored a ratings win Wednesday night, though it was a quiet night all around. FOX was the only network to break the 2.0 mark in adults 18-49. ABC's "Duets" was about on par with its last episode, though up slightly.FOX earned 6.5 million viewers and a 4.0 rating/7 share in households to win the night. CBS was next with 5.8 million, 3.9/7, followed by ABC at 4.2 million, 2.7/5. NBC was fourth at 3.6 million, 2.5/4 and the CW was up from last week with 1.2 million, 0.8/1.FOX also won the 18-49 demo, earning a 2.4 rating, followed by CBS and ABC tied at 1.2, NBC at 0.9 and the CW at 0.4.Wednesday hour by hour: 8 p.m. FOX: "So You Think You Can Dance" (6.2 million viewers, 3.8/7 households) CBS: "Dogs in the City" (4.9 million, 3.3/6) ABC: "The Middle" rerun... //

'Duets' Chart Results: Week 5

It's the last week of Superstar eliminations before Duets goes live next week and America's votes determine the fates of the remaining five finalists. Click through to see the final results. //

'Duets': J Rome's 'I Will Always Love You' brings the house down

For Movie Night on "Duets," Jennifer Nettles and partner J Rome took on a big one - Whitney Houston's huge hit "I Will Always Love You" from "The Bodyguard." (She had previously tackled Celine's "My Heart Will Go On" with partner John Glosson, so you gotta hand it to Nettles - she's got balls).But for the fifth week in a row, J Rome ended up at the top of leaderboard and this week it was 100% earned. He blew the doors off the place with his solo moments on "Always Love You" and Nettles' harmonies were great too. The judges had nothing but good things to say. What did you think, "Duets" fans? Was he easily the best of the night?... //

Duets Mentor Jennifer Nettles Is Pregnant!

Sugarland songbird Jennifer Nettles is having a big year. Not only is she one of four celebrity judges on Duets, but she’s also expecting her first little bundle of joy with new hubby Justin Miller! People reports that Jennifer, 37, is pregnant with the couple’s first child, due in November. Jennifer and Justin tied the knot just 7 months ago last November, meaning the birth could coincide with the duo’s first wedding anniversary. Sugarland manager Gail Gellman announced... //

TV ratings: 'So You Think You Can Dance' leads a quiet Wednesday while 'Duets' tumbles

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, June 13, 2012"So You Think You Can Dance" scored a ratings win Wednesday night, but none of the broadcast networks had a very big evening. FOX was the only network to break the 2.0 mark in adults 18-49, and ABC's "Duets" took a pretty big hit as it moved from its usual Thursday home to make room for the NBA Finals.FOX drew 6.5 million viewers and a 4.1 rating/7 share in households to top the prime-time rankings. CBS (5.65 million, 3.8/6) came in second, followed by ABC (3.8 million, 2.7/5). NBC averaged 3.4 million viewers and a 2.3/4, and The CW came in at 800,000 viewers and a 0.6/1.FOX's 2.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic easily led the night. CBS took second with a 1.3. ABC, 1.1, edged NBC, 1.0, for third. The CW posted a 0.3.... //

'Duets' Kelly Clarkson: 'There's not a whole lot of variety going on'

Zap2it: Is your focus on "Duets" more on working with your singing partners than on the competition with the other teams?Kelly Clarkson: Yes. Forget that we're all in competition with each other, just think of it like we're all on the radio. There's room for everyone; there's room for stuff that sounds like Adele, for stuff that sounds like Kesha, for stuff that sounds like Blake Shelton.I think how you get to the top is by competing with yourself, and that's what I did on "American Idol." Every week, I'd try to one-up something or to showcase something different that I thought maybe other people couldn't do. It's like a strategy of knowing when to hold back or shine.PICS: Meet the 'Duets' contestantsZap2it:What's your thought about nurturing two other singers on "Duets"?Kelly Clarkson: I think it'd be cool to get into artist development, aside from my own career. I love finding people who are supertalented... //

'Duets' sneak peek: Kelly Clarkson and Jason Farol can't get no 'Satisfaction'

brightcove.createExperiences(); The theme on "Duets" this week is Party Songs and Zap2it has an exclusive sneak peek at mentor superstar Kelly Clarkson and partner Jason Farol practicing their chosen song - "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones.But before they start rehearsals, Kelly wants to watch the "Hallelujah" performance from last week that landed Jason in the sing-for-your-life Bottom 2. "I was actually shocked that Jason was second-to-last last week ... I thought he did a beautiful job of emoting and I thought he should've been higher than he was ... then when I watched it back, I was like, 'OK, there were pitchy places I couldn't hear,'" says Clarkson.But she has high hopes for this week, impressed by Jason's swagger on "Satisfaction," encouraging him with, "They're sing-a-long songs, you gotta have that party vibe going.""Duets" airs Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC - but Wednesday is a special episode... //

Top 5 Robin Thicke-isms From Duets Season 1, Episode 3

We’re fast becoming huge fans of Robin Thicke-isms on Duets. In Season 1, Episode 3, he managed to again pull out quite a few of them. Even host Quddus and his fellow judges were just waiting for the next quotable from their co-star, and he didn’t fail them or us tonight. Here are our five favorite Thicke-isms from this week’s show. Arf! "We’re the underdogs. I’m the underdog on the show. I’m the least known one on the show." Cut Me a Slice of... //