Update 2: The time-adjusted data is now available, and it does not brighten the outlook for ABC’s “Rising Star.” The show’s adults 18-49 rating remains at a 1.5, and its viewership average perks up just a bit to 5.2 million.

The flop label is no longer in dispute.

Update: According to Nielsen’s preliminary fast national data, “Rising Star” drew a disappointing 1.5 adults 18-49 rating with 5.02 million viewers.

While the numbers are subject to revision due to the live nature of the broadcast, the revisions will not be significant enough to transform the overall performance assessment. It was not a good one.

NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” which aired against ABC’s “Star” premiere, drew a 2.1 rating in the timeslot.
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ABC’s new music competition series is evidently not network television’s latest “Rising Star.”

Sunday’s two-hour premiere of the competition series, which features an immediate fan vote and expert advice from Ludacris, Kesha and Brad Paisley, drew a paltry 3.2 overnight household rating.

A far cry below even the season’s lowest-rated editions of “American Idol,” the 3.2 for the heavily-hyped premiere should provide no optimism about the show’s ability to deliver big numbers over the course the season.

NBC’s special edition of “America’s Got Talent,” which was strategically programmed as competition for “Star,” drew a 5.1 in the timeslot.

After opening with a 3.2 overnight household rating at 9PM, “Rising Star” drew a 3.3 in the 9:30PM and 10PM half hours before closing with a 3.1 at 10:30PM.

The adults 18-49 rating and total viewership averages (including data adjusted for the live nature of the broadcast) will be made available later Monday.

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