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'Rising Star' Ratings Fail to Impress for ABC

'Rising Star' Ratings Fail to Impress for ABC

Kesha hits the stage for the series premiere of Rising Star on Sunday evening (June 22) in Los Angeles.

The 27-year-old singer was joined for the program by fellow judges Ludacris and Brad Paisley, as well as host Josh Groban.

The series premiere unfortunately did not get great ratings for ABC and the show only pulled in about 5 million viewers. While it lost the time slot ratings war to America’s Got Talent, Rising Star did have a huge social presence and attracted 129,071 tweets, way more than any other show that evening, according to Variety.

FYI: Kesha is wearing a vintage dress.

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Posted to: Brad Paisley, Josh Groban, Kesha, Ludacris, Rising Star

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  • Ryan Seacrest

    Gee, I wonder why the ratings are bad….Maybe it’s because we’re SICK AND TIRED OF SINGING COMPETITIONS??? Do something original.

  • SoWhat

    These ratings for a premier are really bad. The premier and finale ratings are always higher than the rest of the season so the numbers will just get worse. Why do they even think a show can be successful when the only people that can vote have to have a Smartphone and a Facebook or Twitter account. It would make more sense to let people Text their vote. Everybody doesn’t have a Smartphone. Most cellphones can text though. This was just a stupid idea and the show was soooo boring. This show might get cancelled before the season ends just like “I want to marry Harry”. And Sarah Darling is already a country music minor star so she shouldn’t have been allowed to compete on this show. This show lost all credibility for me when I saw her.

  • eternalozzie

    maybe america is finally tired of karaoke shows for the talentless

  • fitzy

    It was really bad, at 40 minutes in only 3 people had sang (badly) the minute I heard that chick sing Whitney Houston I was over it! People should be banned from singing Whitney on any show, they just butcher it and for some reason all the judges praise them!

  • Simon

    The judges were fun to watch, but the show was a little boring and too stressful. You have to watch EVERY second of the show to know when to vote. I hate to say it, but people like mind-numbing television.

  • Amy

    I’m tired of this rubbish programming. Josh Groban? Are they kidding?


    What a CROCK, the girl from the audience is well known on youtube, she has a record, and a label. She knew she was gonna be on the show, its all over twitter and her page. AMERICA IS NOT STUPID SO STOP PUTTING ON THESE SHOWS….. not reality if its scripted! Its also not UP TO AMERICA, you know its the judges.

  • no real facebook pictures

    Notice all the faces on the wall were ONLY FACES? Half of facebook and twitter dont have real faces, or they have a sports team or their kids on it, FIXED

  • http://comcast Audra

    Brad Paisley just doesn’t have it for a weekly TV program. Great guitarist but he doesn’t have the ‘IT’ that Blake and Keith Urban have. The show was horrible !!!!

  • http://comcast Dave

    Horrible Show !!! I couldn’t sit through it, they were trying so hard to be funny and they weren’t.

  • http://comcast Dee

    @Ryan Seacrest: I love American Idol, love the judges, especially Keith Urban. Anxious for the show to start up again.

  • http://comcast Martin

    Horrible TV Show. Why ?????

  • http://comcast Jennifer

    @Ryan Seacrest: I absolutely loved American Idol this year. The three judges are great together and so much fun. Greatest panel of judges they have ever had. J Lo and Keith Urban and Harry are so talented and all three definitely easy on the eyes.