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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  • Kurt


    Blame Britney, bud – not Aguilera.

  • Glue

    i dont get fox these days. yes glee was beginning to get stale but the season 4 premiere out did itself. they should return it back to tuesdays. it would be better for glee,

  • TONY

    Please, Let’s not start talking about FRINGE again today!

    100 episodes for a sci-fi series nowadays is a major accomplishment
    Lets leave it at that

  • Samunto

    That’s really low for The X Factor. Imagine how low it’ll fall once the powerhouse comedies on CBS return! Remember TBBT was beating Idol last season and X Factor is nowhere near strength of Idol.

    FOX clearly spends lots of cash on X Factor and the question is how long it can afford this flop. You can bet it’ll be averaging low 2s later in the season. Who cares about Glee anymore?

  • Ron

    Wowza, it beat AGT and Wipeout. What happens when stronger competition arrives? at least if it was up in the 4s or 5s it would have some room to fall and still be considered a winner. Now its already at the bottom, close to its minimum from last season. That doesn’t bode well for its numbers going forward.

  • John A

    X files had 201 episodes and 2 movies. And had great ratings for 9 years. That was a bit more sucessful than Fringe.

  • Samunto

    But generally FOX seems to be in trouble. They’re and will still be No. 4 Mondays. Tuesdays may get some traction with New Girl but Go On is the shiny new kid here. Then the flop Factor and Fridays are Fridays.

    The maskedscheduler must be dying now and ofcourse he’ll blame it all on NBC!

  • TONY

    @John A
    Ya, back in the 90’s

  • Greg

    Glee did surprisingly well, I was only expecting a 3.0, but the show even improved on its lead in. FOX did the right call moving it to Thursdays, no other show would do this well.

  • TVDude

    Considering how far Glee fell last season, a 3.3 is a good start. I thought they were putting it behind X-Factor to hold onto the number, but it actually built off of it. That’s not a bad thing. Plus, if they keep Glee where it is, it’ll have Idol as a lead-in later this year, which is definitely the strongest of the three music competition shows (Idol/X-Factor/Voice).

    Looks like X-Factor will dip below a 3.0 rating this season, which is not great news for Fox. They can’t blame NBC either, because next week will have all the shows back, including ABC and CBS. NBC will actually be weaker next week, and even so, X-Factor will probably still go down.

  • OMG

    I think more than anything, it is the fatigue of singing competitions. Previously we had one every year for American Idol. And even then people are getting tired after 10 seasons. Now we have 4 per year (The Voice and American Idol in the spring, The Voice and The X Factor in the fall. In the end people realize it’s just people singing, people goofing, people hitting glory notes or strumming guitars. The “wow” factor is missing after so many years of phenomenal moments in singing shows. Last year’s X Factor left a bad taste in my mouth due to the ugly rivalry between the judges, like how LA will reserve or give backhanded compliments to all other acts. Everything is way too planned and the competition seems unhealthy, with bitter rivalry between judges, and all contestants wanting it so badly it is not fun to watch.

    I have stopped watching Glee but 3.3 is a good debut. Of course having a lead-in compared to leading off on its own might help a bit too (sort of how New Girl get better ratings after Glee, and even outperforms Glee).

  • Networkman

    Good for Glee for actually building out of X-Factor. It had to face the second hour of AGT and Big Brother. So it was a really great performance. I don’t like the total overall viewers for X-Factor. It’s ashame that it couldn’t at least reach 10 million viewers on both days for its premiere week. Lastly, I really like the retention of the Scandal repeat out of the Grey’s Anatomy repeat.

  • Tony ^_^

    I expected “The X-Factor” to fall considering how the Thursday episodes are always lower. But a 3.1 with all the “OMG! Britney is going to be on!” hype seems really low…

    “Glee” did okay. I expected lower but it was the #1 show last night. And it rose from the finale. Which is good.

    And apparently “Touch” premieres today… O.o Seems kind of odd for it to premiere tonight… It will probably pull in a 0.9 or less. Lol…

  • Doug

    I said it before The X Factor premiered last year and I’ll say it again: bringing this show to air is Fox’s biggest blunder of the last decade because it most likely hastened the decline of American Idol, their cash cow.

    Fox is probably not thrilled with the numbers, and really won’t be thrilled when Idol comes back in January to 3s and 4s, if not dipping into the high 2s mid-season.

    Greed, greed, greed…

  • TONY

    @Tony ^_^

    Tonights TOUCH is an unaired season 1 episode….but it will tank nonetheless

  • tv#1

    That is actually pretty good for Glee. If it can maintain something close to that for the rest of the season than I think Fox will be happy. Also, I am sure Fox expected more out of The X-Factor, but still the ratings are not horrible.

  • John A

    Im not trying to start a fringe discussion but its utter garbage to say Fox killed Fringe when it was moved to Thursday.

  • Nicole

    Nicole and paula must be happy they’re not in season 2

  • Glue

    Did you ever think that glee could be doing well because one of the new stars? (Kate Hudson) has got viewership? Yes it might get slaughtered by Grey’s Anatomy. But i heard most of the main cast wont be here so why would people watch it? Ok It might get slaughtered by POI but thats all on fox and its retardedness. + SARAH JESSICA PARKER IS COMING TO GLEE

  • Christine

    … Um… Brit has sold over 100 million albums… Has the most number 1 albums (including Blackout. Don’t care what the billboard said… they had changed the rules, and it turned out, that The Eagle’s album had been counted twice, so Brit was cheated… Britney’s album had been number 1, before they changed the rules, and I remember seeing the headline on one of her fan websites, that Blackout debuts at number 1, and 2. I think it was BritneySpears.org, lol) but, anyway, Britney is the Queen of Pop!

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