According to preliminary numbers from Nielsen, "Rising Star" rose by 7% in total viewers (4.8 million versus last week's 4.5 million) and 17% among key viewers ages 18-49 with a rating of 1.4.
The network's attempt to reinvigorate the singing contest format got off to a soft start last month and dropped in following weeks. But Sunday night's 18-49 ratings gains brought it just a tenth of a point behind the premiere, which earned a 1.5 in the demo.
With 6.6 million viewers and a rating of 2.1 among 18-49-year-olds,
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It netted a 9.7 overnight household rating, which trailed behind the 1994 final between Brazil and Italy (12.8 rating) and the Round 16 match between USA and Brazil (10.4).