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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  • Person of Interest – TV’S #1 NEW DRAMA

    @Michael who said:
    I think it’s time for Simon Cowell to hire Honey Boo Boo Child, as a host!

    What about Madonna? She can replace Britney.(smile)

    In the end the voice make the right choice not changing their judges.
    But what about AI?

  • Alan

    People really need to get a grip over their orgasmic squeals of Glee over the alleged “flop” of X-Factor. Even though it’s basically getting similar ratings it did last year.

    And this is before the show moves to the 4 competing category format, which drastically changes the nature of the show.

    No show last night was very huge, so everybody needs to just calm down a bit.

  • Alan

    PS: I dont know why I capitalized the word glee, I wasnt referring to Glee :)

  • Stacey

    Thanks, Robert. I was pleasantly surprised at Glee’s performance. I wasn’t expecting it to beat X Factor and actually build on the demo rating. I wonder if those numbers surprised Fox.

  • Sarah

    I’m shocked Glee premiered so high. God I hate that show.

  • Billy


    The X Factor is not getting similar ratings to last year. It debuted with a 4.8 on Wednesday last year, and then it had a 4.4 for its Thursday premiere compared to a 3.4 and 3.2 this year. Its numbers have dropped even lots of hype and promotion. Do the math.

  • Charlie Sheen

    FOX made a smart decision when they put Glee on behind X Factor, it seems very compatible with X Factor. Too bad by moving it Tuesdays for the network will be just as awful as NBC Thursdays this fall.

    Speaking of NBC Thursday, this is the last time for a while that you will see a show on that network on Thursdays score this well. I just realized that NBC for the second night in a row has put a reality competition against the X Factor what does NBC have against the X Factor? LOL!

    I am very disappointed that NBC hasn’t boosted Chicago Fire as this is the last big available lead-in they will have until the show premieres in October.

  • maya

    x factor will be cancelled soon

  • brian

    All I was saying was britney is NOT the reason the x factor didn’t do that good.

    Yes, christina aguilera has won a grammy. But britney spears is bigger the xtina. britney still.has #1 albums. And way more successful singles and just about everything else. I like christina don’t get me wrong but britney spears is way more successful. She is still relevant in todays music an on radio. Can you say the same for xtina? No.

    Oh an xtina does have a new album coming out this fall so.lets see how this goes. Probably like.her last albums. I’ve heard her new single an it sucks. Sucks because I do like her but for anyone to say shes bigger an more successful then britney spears is naive an makes me laugh.

  • Tony ^_^

    @maya: If they do cancel it, it won’t be until AFTER December. When they aired all of season 2. There’s no way they’re going to cancel a show half-way through (with sort-of decent ratings)in which they gave a judge $15 million.

  • Mark

    What is all this talk about NBC rising from the ashes? It has two really successful shows and that’s it. Thursday will be a train wreck. We’ll see how NBC is doing when March rolls around.

  • Darklord

    I like Britney but let’s face it, X Factor isn’t their new hit.

    FOX execs must be really pissed because they underdeveloped September’s drama section.

  • Stacey

    Robert, do you have the half hours for X Factor?

  • Aa

    I watched about 30 min of X factor last night, and honestly, in those 30 min Britney barely even talked. Except when she said “yes” or “no”. And she made a couple of “funny” faces too. Im sorry but she just is not TV material. Certainly not 15 million dollar worthy. And I think that the audience screaming all the time is just annoying. I prefered Idol’s auditions when its just the contestant and the judges and nobody else.

  • Joseph A

    1st , Those are great numbers for Glee , love it or hate it you have to admit a 3.3 / 8.087 is very respectable !
    As for the rest of the night ,,
    NBC , okay but not great numbers.
    FOX , Nice numbers at 8pm if they are not having to give away any of their prime Q4 Scatter because a ratings requirement was not meet.
    CBS , Respectable numbers for Big Brother and a repeat at 10pm.
    Not part of the graph ,, GRATZ to the NFL for breaking their Thursday Night Ratings Record !

  • Logansquare2212

    I don’t see why anyone is surprised by Glee’s numbers for the night. With the major characters graduating. A lot of people wanted to see how Ryan Murphy and company was going to reformat the show. Once the lookie loos see the new format the ratings will drop. Let’s face it the script writing has been crap since the second half of season 1, and has only gotten worse with time. This show is only going to be on long enough to hit the magic 100 episodes mark. To better sell into syndication.

  • GG

    Im not a Britney or a XTina fan but its a known fact that Britney is bigger than XTina. The whole world know this.

    As for the shows in comparison, I believe that people are just SICK of competition shows. Very tired out. I doubt it has anything to do with the stars. Britney is a pretty big star.

  • Dillan

    Britney is bigger than Xtina. fact.

  • Ally Sheedy in WarGames

    Come on now X Factor aint getting cancelled with these demos, this is the second day of dummies jumping the gun on here. I didn’t realize there was that many dumb people analyzing the ratings.

  • Holly

    @Joseph A,

    , Those are great numbers for Glee , love it or hate it you have to admit a 3.3 / 8.087 is very respectable

    Respectable? Yes. Expected? Yes. Great? No. Especially for a premiere against summer fare.

    Glee isn’t in any danger and FOX can’t be too upset about it regardless because their other scripted fare isn’t going to set any records either. But they also aren’t opening any champagne bottles over those numbers.

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