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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  • Flame

    X-Factor in the low threes? Oooooo, TBBT and 2.5 Men will have fun with THAT. :)

    Glee vs. new Office / GA / PoI? Gonna be interesting.

  • Ally Johnson

    15 million down the toilet. At least Xtina brought in the viewers.


    So many “talent” shows & not enough ratings to go around

    Nice to see Glee outdid XFactor & AGT, seriously off from last season’s premiere, but up from its finale

    Cautiously optimistic that viewer fatigue has finally come to fruition on the singing comps

    Bring on the new CBS Thurs juggernaut

    0.7 for GA!

  • MattM


    Glee has a younger demo than both of those shows, I don’t think the rating will be affected as much as you think.

  • asd

    LOL so much for X Factor being the big lead in that would help Glee get back on track! Glee got a better demo than X Factor did! Hilarious. Serves Simon Cowell right for being so arrogant and obnoxious that no other reality show is worth the time of day…

    But in all seriousness, WTF is going wrong for X Factor? I’m enjoying it but it just doesn’t seem to be striking chord with America YET AGAIN.

  • Billy

    If the X Factor is already down to a 3.1 against minimal competition let’s just fast forward it to full competition in the next couple of weeks. This show will be lucky to get a 2.5. Not only will The Big Bang Theory and Men beat it up but don’t forget the young females who watch The Vampire Diaries. That show shares that audience with X Factor. X Factor will be in the mid 2’s very, very soon. Britney is a big fat bust for the X Factor. The show is in big, big trouble.

  • Jenny

    Glee still has plenty of life in it. It’s way up vs it’s season finale, and still doing big numbers on Itunes. What would be interesting if it adjusts up too!

  • Wowza

    I think its funny when people call a show that beat its competition for the night a failure. FOX was the number one network last night and tonight. WHo cares. about the rest. Its details really. Advertisers are still going to pay fr number one. Hands down. Also, DVR numbers will be huge (+ 7)

  • joss

    Glee was amazing!


    Wonder if Rock Center had a baby “Bieber” bounce in ratings

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    All the Britney fans were bashing Queen Xtina yesterday saying Xflop would rise on Thursday, yeah I love how it rose so much! The XFactor rises! NOT!

  • a p garcia

    Iwas a bit surprised that AGT rated low, maybe b/c it was not in its usual night. I expect The Rachael Berry Show(Glee) to go down even more once Greys and POI get new episodes.Its not that Rachael Berry is such a bad singer, its because she graduated.

  • jamie

    LOL @Brian: Christina Aguilera has not only sold 50 million worldwide, she’s had numerous #1 hits and top 10 singles herself, as well as five Grammy awards (unlike Britney, who’s only won one Grammy). Christina is an icon and legend herself. You Britney stans are something else. You’re just mad that The Voice got higher ratings than the X-Factor. While the X Factor didn’t do horribly, it didn’t do as well as it should have based on all the hype.

  • Jill


    Get over it! It’s not 1999 – Britney vs. Xtina is an old thing. The Flop Factor has weak numbers and I don’t think that Christina is the one you should to blame.

  • Nadine

    ….looks like everyone was watching the Wagner opera on PBS. :-) Anyway, I was.

  • Stacey

    I think X Factor needs to add more talent to their episodes. I liked the behind the scenes action in wake of having no host. But seeing other candidates catty talk grows tiring. And we barely see any talent. Sure the freak shows like the one butchering Britney’s Circus RIGHT to her face is funny, disturbing. But there was only like two or three real candidates. With two certain to go to the finals if they at all continue with their standout performances. Like the blonde talking to the woman with the sexy outfit, we see her but we don’t see her perform. Did she make it? Or was she also terrible, and only used to set up the fact the brunette didn’t make it.

  • John A

    Nah Fox didnt kill fringe. When it was moved away from its cushy timeslot after Idol it nosedived. Glee aired at 8pm and has been a self starter. Plus its in its 4th season and the quality has declined i believe.

  • s0303

    good for glee, but it looks like fox is going to have a long year…hope they didn’t spend too much money on the american idol new judges, cuz that’s not going to help that show either…

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  • Michael

    Glee premiered down, as expected, but I’m surprised that the 18-49 was better for the premiere than it was for last years finale. And it built upon X-Factor which has to be driving Simon Cowell crazy.

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