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.



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

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  • battye

    Surprising that AGT only got 2.4. The big story here is Rock Center at 1.4 I reckon. I wonder if it’s going to be the sort of show which over time develops into something respectable. It’s probably profitable now, but if it started getting 1.7+ then that would be a pretty good result for NBC. It could be the Dateline of Thursdays.

  • were123

    I got it right with Glee! With the current state of FOX they must be happy Glee cracked above 3, still that’s only as long as it stays there. American Idol will help Glee with that (even at its weaker state), yet Flop Factor is not, it seems that it will go down pretty soon and I don’t see it coming back considering how much money has been spent on it

  • TomNYC

    Glee was pretty good last night. I watched 10 minutes of X-Factor and that was enough. I’m worried about Glee’s future once all the networks are airing new material.

  • DW

    i expect that x factor and glee will switch time slots after baseball.

  • Bee

    OMG WHAT. that is so impressive for glee! after its first 3 episodes last season, the show was lucky to get a number like that. and with the move and mixed reception to last season, i really expected high 2.0s at best for last night. but to beat the x-factor also? awesome. even if it’s inflated thanks to being a premiere episode + no competition, it’s a good start.

    LMAO the x-factor. down w. reality shows!

  • Stacey

    Given it was the finale of AGT. X Factor held up strong. But Simon had to be thinking higher. No wonder he was so pissed Voice was aired on Wednesday. He already had to face the finale of AGT. But NBC further tried to sabotage his show. Good news for Glee, even if it downgraded. I am sure DVR ratings when factored in a few weeks will make the show rank higher…

  • Gaius Bolling

    x-factor is still up against america’s got talent which essentially the same audience. it’s interesting since simon competed with himself 2 nights in a row. i thought glee premiered well considering it’s season 4. the show is different now. could tell even in the premiere and the last season left a bad taste in folks mouths. if it can keep up this momentum it should be fine

  • X Factor US

    Wow, even Britney Spears couldn’t save X Factor (She brings series highs to every show she appears on). A good few million or so of those viewers are likely only there for Britney… It will be interesting to see if the Britney episode of Glee next week performs better than X Factor also.

    Disappointing. I’m sure it will pick up largely in the live shows, but so far it’s not looking great. Now that America’s Got Talent has finished, I expect many people to switch to X Factor.

    I’m predicting 9.5 million and a 3.4 next week for X Factor.

  • Billy

    Glee did okay, but once Grey’s Anatomy and Person of Interest premiere it will be below a 3.0, as well.

  • Alex

    That’s not good for The X Factor. Not good at all. I said yesterday that it needed to come out of the gate on Thursday strong and clearly it didn’t do that. You have to wonder just how on earth its going to cope in a couple of weeks when it airs opposite The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men. My guess is that won’t be pretty.

    Having said that I’m going to reserve judgement on The X Factor for a week. Lets see what it does next week free of running opposite The Voice and America’s Got Talent. If it can jump, and jump impressively, then it might not be a completely lost cause. Of course the challenge for Fox over the next week is going to be fighting the perception that the shows already a loser because that’ll stop people tuning in and that was NBC’s game plan here. And frankly CBS and ABC should be sending something to NBC by way of thanks for their scheduling this week. It looks like they managed to hobble The X Factor out of the gate which can only be good news for both of those networks going forward.

    Elsewhere Glee did OK. I suppose. Down on last year but it was always going to be. It was up on the finale but again I suspect it was always going to be when you consider the scheduling. We’ll see how it holds up in the weeks to come. The general tone of reviews for the first episode this year doesn’t seem as harsh and unforgiving as some of the reviews from the last couple of years so that might help. I’m not however holding out much hope for it. I’m guessing it drops when up against originals on ABC, CBS and NBC in the coming weeks.

    America’s Got Talent ended with a whimper. I suppose the debate there will be whether NBC’s frankly bizarre scheduling (brought about by the Olympics) was to blame for this or whether the show is just running out of steam. We’ll have to wait until next year to get an answer. I do however think NBC would be wise to cut back on the number of AGT hours for next year. The show has become ‘too big’ at this point I think.

    Also Big Brother continuing to do decent business for CBS. Its a solid little player that never really gets the credit it deserves.

  • Luke

    I actually felt like ‘Glee’ was back to being a somewhat decent programme last night and i’m glad the ratings reflect that. I don’t fancy it’s chances taking on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ though. Hell, it should still have no problem making it to a fifth season on Fox though.

  • Remote Patrolled

    X Factor likely did better in its 8pm slot than the Weds episode – but of course it wasn’t against The Voice – so it should have!

    I thought ep 2 was better than ep 1. Just need to cut out all that fake reality crap and show us real auditions – the OTT gay guy for example was really fun – and talented!

  • Andy

    I watched X-Factor last night and it’s just weird to watch it without a host. What’s Brain Dunkleman up to these days?

  • cas

    I don’t watch X Factor or The Voice, however, I did try to watch The Voice once and couldn’t make it through the whole show because of Christina. However, I don’t understand why the X Factor is considered a flop when it is getting over a 3.0, where in other cases over a 3.0 would be considered great. I think the real tell will be what the winners of the X Factor do vs. the winners of The Voice. I mean isn’t that what the shows are really about? Lastly I think everyone should be boycotting American Idol this year because they have seriously ruined that show.

  • tv_viewer

    Simon Cowell should blame himself for X Factor’s less than stellar ratings, not NBC.

    ABC should be worried about Wipeout, a former summer hit, being beaten by Rock Center. People knew that Wipeout would follow the ratings decline of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire because ABC started running winter and spring editions of Wipeout in the past.

  • Clarke

    LOL @ the CW trying to play with the big networks by airing a singing competition of their own. If it did indeed get a 0.2 that is extremely embarrassing. If the X-Factor is considered a flop, the Next must be considered an nuclear bomb.

    I’m surprised the AGT finale didn’t get better ratings, it was the best finals the show has ever had IMO.


    Damn Glee actually built out of its lead in. The X Factor has to be the falls biggest bomb considering all the hoopla. IMO it just is no room for three singing shows. the Voice should be in the fall and Idol in the spring and that’s it. NBC did the smartest move IMO. Simon Cowell must be hating himself. IMO SIMON COWELL SHOULD BE RETURNING TO IDOL. I guarantee you IMO SIMON WILL WANT TO BE WITH RANDY-MARIAH CAREY. So when is Simon’s return to IDOL? I bet it happens for season 13. Hey if this season of Idol doesn’t take off. I have a weird feeling FOX might feel nostalgic and reunite Randy-Paula-Simon. IMagine them reunited on Idol after 5-6 years not being together as a cast.

  • Desperate Houseboy

    glee was nentioning grey’s a lot and now they will compete against each other ironically.glee did really well and it will go up in 2nd episode but then will fall in 3rd like 2nd season.

  • PHIL

    Some of the contestants on BB 14 seem to be lacking a brain. Dan wanted Shane out when he was HOH and somehow Danielle gives Dan the POV. She then acts shocked when he evicts Shane.

  • salim

    loool at xf. 3.3 is very good but thats wat greys and the office would normally get so i doubt glee will go higher than that.

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