Updated: TV Ratings Thursday: 'Glee' Premieres Down, 'America's Got Talent' Finale Hits New Low + 'The X Factor' & 'Big Brother' Slip

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September 14th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.2/9 2.0/6 1.6/5 1.5/4 0.8/2 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.8/9 1.5/5 0.9/3 1.2/4 0.6/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 8.247 9.015 5.790 3.583 2.895 0.865

 The Thursday Night NFL Network Bears/Packers game (which began at 8:20) was simulcast on the MyNetTV affiliate in Chicago (which doesn’t impact any of the numbers below), the NBC affiliate in Green Bay and the FOX affiliate in Milwaukee. As a result the numbers for FOX and NBC could be inflated and subject to more than typical adjustments in the final numbers

FOX was the number one network among adults 18-49, while NBC was on top with total viewers.

Update 2: The update we received from FOX still included the NFL game preemption which was stripped out in the finals, and were not accurate. The X Factor ended up having no adjustment and Glee was adjusted down two tenths to a 3.1 18-49 rating.

Update: Just like yesterday, in time zone adjusted fast nationals (basically, finals) The X Factor was adjusted up a tenth to a 3.2 18-49 rating, and there are no adjustments for Glee. We won't see any adjustments for the other networks until the finals.

On FOX, The X Factor notched a 3.1 18-49 rating for day two, down three tenths from to yesterday's 3.4 premiere rating. Glee premiered to a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating, down considerably from last year's 4.0 premiere rating. Your predictions were about right

On CBS, Big Brother earned a 2.0  adults 18-49 rating, down three tenths from last week's 2.3 rating

On ABC, Wipeout scored a 1.1  adults 18-49 rating, down three tenths from last week's 1.4 rating.

On NBC, America's Got Talent earned a 2.4 18-49 rating, its lowest for a finale ever and down considerably from last years' finale which earned a 3.6 adults 18-49 rating. It should be noted that this year's finale ran on Thursday, where it's only aired one other original this season, while last season's finale came on Talent's 13th consecutive Wednesday telecast. Rock Center With Brian Williams returned to a non-special series high 1.4 rating.

On The CW,The Next garnered a 0.2 among adults 18-49, down from last week's 0.3 rating.


Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, September 13, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX The X Factor 3.1 10 8.247
NBC America's Got Talent (8-10PM) 2.4 7 10.512
CBS The Big Bang Theory  -R 1.9 6 6.831
ABC Wipeout 1.1 4 3.598
CW The Vampire Diaries -R 0.4 1 1.032
8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men -R 1.5 4 5.398
9:00PM FOX Glee 3.3 9 8.087
CBS Big Brother 2.0 5 5.774
ABC Grey's Anatomy -R 0.7 2 2.633
CW The Next 0.2 1 0.706
10:00 PM NBC Rock Center With Brian Williams 1.4 4 6.02
CBS Person of Interest - R 1.1 3 5.482
ABC Scandal -R 0.6 2 2.454


Late night ratings:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.5/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.8/5 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.6/6; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.3/4. 
  • 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," 0.8/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/2.
  • 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" (1.0/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.



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  • SimonSays

    LMAO @ XFactor.

    Bring on the Flop comments! Flopney Spears couldn’t save this disaster of a show.

  • CrimTV

    wow The X Factor is doing terribly, Glee premiered okay. Did the Next get a 0.3 (as it says in description) or 0.2 in the table? WOW The Vampire Diaries repeated well 0.4 :)

  • ReallyTired

    NBC is rising from the ashes. Finally.

  • A

    Well XF didnt really drop much but thats still quite awful numbers for them- and now there was no the Voice to put the blame on.

  • RJ

    Glee did pretty well.

  • Amy

    Glee is so boring but the rating of 3.3 is not too bad.

    Ouch @ X-factor. What’s happening. Don’t watch it, don’t care, but it seems to be doing badly.

    Person of interest was a repeat right?

  • Baqinardo

    So next week XF will be below 3 already?? Ha!

  • Raykov

    That awkward moment when Glee does better than its lead-in. Simon Cowel is going to be mad.

  • Max Vrany

    The game aired on the NBC affiliate in Green Bay, which shouldn’t impact these ratings as Green Bay isn’t a metered market.

  • Stacey

    But isn’t Glee UP, from the finale this past May. Which means some good news. We’ll see how it keeps up. But means people haven’t given up completely. But then after the Britney tribute next week; we’ll see if they can keep the audience. I knew X Factor would be down, given they only had a one hour episode. But I hear that it wasn’t down that much from Wedneday. We’ll see if it can grow…now that Voice and AGT won’t be airing.

  • Blake

    Big Bang is going to rip Flop Factor to shreds.

  • taylor

    pretty strong for glee. down from last seasons premiere but up quite a bit from the finale.

    poor x factor

  • Billy

    Once the CBS power hour of comedies premiere in two weeks The X Factor will be under a 3.0. So much for the big Britney come out party.

  • Marc

    X Factor is dead and buried.

  • rob60990

    With the bad week FOX is having, I’m surprised Glee did that good though it could be inflated I don’t think it will adjust all the way down to my prediction (2.8).

    Poor Wipeout. It never stood a chance against X Factor & AGT finale.

    While AGT looks low its half hours were 1.8/2.1/2.7/3.4.

  • Dillan

    X Factor actually did very well against the FINAL for AGT.

  • PHIL

    Glee is a shocker

  • John A

    X factor jumped alot at the half hour. It would do better if aired at 9pm. Lol at Wipeout.

  • SarahK123

    I’m shocked at The X Factor to be honest. Not only is it (thus far) lower than last year but that Britney and Demi haven’t interested more viewers?

    Simon Cowell must be losing his mind right now.

    The show has dipped in the UK the last few years BUT it still pulled 11 million an episode and 15 million in its final last year. So far this year I believe it’s down 9million an episode for the editions. At its peak it gained 20+million for the final in 2009 and 2010.

    Will it go up for the lives? Usually the best part of it.

  • Tom

    Even subtracting a tenth or two due to Milwaukee NFL viewing, Glee was still up a couple tenths vs. their Spring finale. Though, of course, we still need to see what GA and Glee do to each other.

    I think Rock Center will do okay (my modern NBC standards) until the election. After that, who knows.

    Quibble: PoI should be marked as a repeat.

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