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Update: ABC’s “Rising Star” Ratings Rise for Duels

Update 2: Hit with a downward adjustment, Sunday’s “Rising Star” settled for a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating with 4.76 million viewers in the final Nielsen report. Despite the fall from its Fast National level, “Rising Star” still beat the previous week’s broadcast in both adults 18-49 and total viewers.

Update: According to Nielsen’s Fast National data (which, as always, is subject to revision in the finals due to the live nature of the broadcast), Sunday’s “Rising Star” delivered a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating with 4.80 million viewers. The rating was up 17% from the 1.2 delivered by the prior two airings and thus the best-rated episode since the June 22 premiere.

Whether it enjoyed a corresponding gain in the more pivotal adults 18-49 and total viewership columns remains to be seen, but Sunday’s “Rising Stars” did make a slight jump in the overnight ratings.

The episode, which marked the beginning of the Duels and a reduction of the show’s broadcast length to one hour, delivered a 2.8 overnight household rating.

After premiering to a 3.2 overnight number on June 22, “Rising Star” posted a 2.7 for its subsequent two audition episodes.

Last week’s 2.7 translated to a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating with 4.32 million viewers. While the adults 18-49 number was steady with that of the previous week (and down from the 1.5 posted by the premiere), the viewership average came in at a series low 4.32 million.

“Rising Star” will air two more “Duel” episodes before advancing to the quarterfinals on August 3.

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