Updated: TV Ratings Wednesday: 'The Voice' Beats 'The X Factor' In Its Time Period, 'Big Brother' Dips + 'Guys With Kids'

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September 13th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.3/10 2.7/8 1.5/5 1.5/5 0.9/3 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.0/11 2.1/7 1.5/5 0.8/3 0.6/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million)  8.420 8.927 3.650 6.056 3.025 0.814


FOX was the number 1 network with adults 18-49, but NBC won with total viewers.

Update: in time zone adjusted fast nationals (basically, finals) The X Factor was adjusted up to a 3.4 adults 18-49 rating  between 8-10p. We won't see any adjustments for the other networks until the finals. Update 2: The Voice was also adjusted up a tenth to a 3.4 adults 18-49 rating in the final national numbers.

On FOX, the premiere of The X Factor earned a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating, down considerably from last years premiere 4.4 18-49 rating. Your predictions were way too optimistic For those interested, during the common hour The X Factor and The Voice shared, The X Factor notched a 2.7, effectively giving The Voice the win for the 8PM hour.

On NBC,  The Voice scored a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating, down seven tenths from yesterday's 4.0 18-49 rating. America's Got Talent  earned a 2.9 18-49 rating, which is up from it's last Wednesday original's 2.2 rating and a season high for a Wednesday. The premiere of Guys With Kids earned a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating

On CBS, Big Brother garnered a 2.0, down a tenth from last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, Oh Sit!  was even last week's 0.4 adults 18-49 rating.


Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, September 12, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX The X Factor (8-10PM) 3.3 10 8.47
NBC The Voice 3.3 11 10.66
CBS Big Brother 2.0 6 6.12
ABC The Middle -R 0.9 3 3.71
CW Oh Sit! 0.4 1 0.93
8:30PM ABC Suburgatory -R 0.9 3 3.01
9:00 PM NBC America's Got Talent 2.9 8 11.01
ABC Modern Family -R 1.3 4 3.66
CBS Criminal Minds -R 1.2 3 5.62
CW Supernatural -R 0.3 1 0.70
9:30PM ABC Suburgatory -R 0.9 3 2.74
10:00PM NBC Guys With Kids 2.2 6 6.28
CBS CSI -R 1.3 4 6.43
ABC Revenge -R 0.6 2 2.51
10:30PM NBC The New Normal -R 1.4 4 3.931


Late Night Note:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.4/7 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.9/5 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.8/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/5. 

  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/.4 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.4/2 with an encore; "Nightline," 0.7/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (0.9/3).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/1).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.



NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.
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  • CrimTV


  • ABC hater

    And The Voice should be up on that table, no? :)

  • GStar

    HAHHAHAHH THE VOICE is by FAR superior. How are you gonna put a non singer like Sh*tney Spears to put down others who can or cant sing when she herself cant. What hypocrisy!

    Christina Aguilera actually has the talent to tell people they cant sing. So glad Good won over the evil Simon and Britney in this cause. HAHAHA

    Where are The Voice trolls now?

    I told you guys you’ll be in for a VERY rude awakening come today.

  • Jeff (Canada)

    Honestly all of these singing shows just need to go. The sooner they all start flopping, the better off we’ll be. The worse off Fox and NBC will be, but oh well.

  • Baqinardo

    The Voice won in Total Viewer too! lol
    SO much for Britney’s effect.

  • Dennis

    lol at Flopfactor and Guys with Kids


  • daniel

    kkkkkkkkkkkkkkk of course Xtina wins over Britney,what awful numbers for The Factor OMG.

  • John P

    HaHa XFactor bombed :)

    Delighted for NBC and to all those who said XFactor would crush the Voice

    But guys with kids ratings are not great !!

  • Christian

    Ouuuuch… this is gonna be a long season for FOX. If Britney couldn’t boost X-Factor, I don’t see Mariah doing much if anything for Idol.

  • israelCD


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    This is truly shocking.

  • James C.

    WOW. Everyone said The Voice made a big mistake trying to go against X Factor. That Britney always beats Christina. Etc, etc.

    Well, congratulations NBC, America’s #1 network, yet again.

  • CrimTV

    Even though I prefer the Voice in some ways I wanted TXF to premiere larger tonight, then settle in underneath the Voice, but wow

  • taylor

    awful for xfactor, wonder if it’ll increase tonight without the competition

  • Jeff (Canada)

    Guys With Kids will probably be the first show to be axed, at least on NBC. Followed by Animal Practice.

  • Tony

    Damn, I thought Britney would give a little boost. FOX and Simon can’t be happy. NBC is probably a very happy even though the Voice went down alot.

  • PHIL

    This is bad news for Fox. AI seems to be the only show that can get above 5

  • adanskiiii

    Wow X Factor FLOPPED. The Voice BEAT X factor in hour one and beat Tuesday & Monday too. Looks like people are over Britney Spears, Simon Coweel can not be happy.

  • Raf

    “OPS I failed AGAIN!”
    How on earth 50% of people tought that xflop will have a 4.5+ and that would beat the Voice??
    Nbc must be drinking champagne. The voice won, and Fox must cry sad tears with all the money they gave to Brittnneeeyyy.

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