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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  • Jill

    The Flop Factor? Nail that coffin and bury it 6 feet under!

  • Steph

    I actually like the X Factor. The ratings are disappointing. I expect them to drop more when fall shows come back in a couple weeks.

  • PreciousCat

    Glee did better than the X-Factor lol… The money they spent on Brintey looks so foolish now… Utter Disaster..

  • iggy

    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

    No, it’s just that Seacrest interviewed Bieber.

  • boo

    I think GLEE is in its best moment compare with the last seasons
    since season 3 the storylines are so much better and the song too
    around the world glee is breaking all standars of what we used to see in tv
    there are some series like NCIS or some others that has good numbers but are horrible .
    i cant belive that House was cancelled when it had good numbers and was a mirror of 21 century mind

  • Brian

    For the people saying Britney Spears is the reason the X-factor is doing bad is Bull Sh*t. There also the same people genereally saying Christina Aguilera is better then britney spears. But how about this…Britney spears is STILL having #1 albums…an top 10 singles on Billboard charts. Can you say the same for christina? NOOOOO. Nor is christina as big of an icon an will never be the Britney spears. Get over it. She may have a stronger voice then Britney but she will never be as sucessful.

    The X factor would have done the same ratings regardless if Britney is on it or not. I dont watch either show. I hate singing shows. I have seen epsiodes of each last year and IMO the voice is boring. X factor is way more intriguing.

  • Grey

    I still think Glee is going to get completely murdered by Grey’s Anatomy and POI.

    Fox basically destroyed Glee by placing it there. Same thing they did to Fringe

  • TONY



    Under 3 next week!! lololol

  • John A

    AGT did terrible

  • Jason

    Not surprised. Who the hell wants to see Britney Spears giving vocal advice?

  • MoHasanie

    Even worse news for X factor. I was certainly not expecting Glee to beat it. So much for The Voice hurting it. I don’t really get why its doing so bad. I’m not an expert at singing competition shows, but X factor does sound quite interesting to watch even though I hate those types of shows. Wonder how it will do against TBBT/ TAAHM.

    Glee did alright, not good for a premiere, but these days, most networks would love to have a show that can get those ratings. It was clearly helped by the lead in. I’m hoping it will end this year cause I hate it so much. Competition against Grey’s should be interesting, but ofcourse Grey’s will win by a large margin.

    AGT’s finale did not have good ratings at all.

  • MattM

    Was not a fan of the new Glee characters aside from the “new Rachel” and her mom. It’s like they’re trying to make carbon copies of previous characters and it really feels forced. I’ll keep watching until it becomes unbearable.

  • TONY

    3.1 for FLOPFACTOR is disgraceful.

  • Amy

    @Brian Britneys success as an artist does not matter when it comes to ratings, when are you Britney fans gonna get that? Selling albums and being a fun TV personality/bringing ratings is NOT the same thing. Britney and Christina are NOT on their TV shows to perform or sing, they are there to make good TV and for that you need personality rather than a good voice.

  • tvetc

    American Idol cant even beat The Big Bang Theory last time what more can X Factor can do? Simon must be throwing tables right now

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    @Grey who said:
    I still think Glee is going to get completely murdered by Grey’s Anatomy and POI.

    Fox basically destroyed Glee by placing it there. Same thing they did to Fringe

    Well FOX are crazy these days. They air today touch – in the middle of nowhere. But to be fair. Glee is in 4 or 5 season yet. Its normal to decline not sure that fox is to blame for. All shows aging and drop.

  • TimsDale4ever

    Even though I don’t watch, the X Factor won it’s period in the 18-49 category which is all the advertisers care about so everyone needs to quit bashing the show and grow up!

  • PreciousCat

    Reality has set in. No one cares to watch Brit on the x-factor. It’s down, way down from last year. How can you not blame her?. They paid her butt 15 million to bring in the viewers. This is a disaster. I’m telling you, this will be the last year of X_factor

  • TONY



    Honestly America’s Got Talent I loved the finale but IMO the shows needs changes. Sharon Osborune looked really bitter last night maybe because she and NBC are leaving on bad terms. I think Howard Stern IMO was the biggest expensive bomb. I think it was funny when Howard Sten bashed Steven Tyler and JLO but they were way more successful than him on Idol. I think AGT needs some changes for next season. Next season will be its eighth season, thats a good run for NBC. IMO NBC screwed up by instead of doing two Voices. Why not the Voice in the fall and AGT in the spring. I also loved last night on AGT not one finalist was a singer. IMO the rules for AGT should be no singers anymore. It can be any act but a singer anyone agree?

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