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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  • Lane

    Looks like Fox could be the THIRD network this year lol

  • Samunto

    Madonna will replace Christina for the spring edition of The Voice.

  • Justin121

    Color me surprised Glee built on The X-Factor and hit a 3.3 rating.

    I thought it’d premiere to ~2.6 and gets cancelled at the end of the season.

    ALso, X-Factor didn’t rebound after its Voice-clash. Nice.

  • Michael

    Why is Christina being mentioned here? The Voice didn’t air last night. Or are people still feeling nostalgic?

  • ltown

    Clearly the fact that britney spears is…was an even will be a more successful pop icon then xtina ( xtina not even really an icon) has nothing to do with shows ratings. Bc.then x factor would have more ratings

  • Travis

    Glee didn’t premiere well and is certain to drop like a rock as the season goes on.

  • rob60990

    Is there seriously cancellation talk about the X Factor. SERIOUSLY??

  • Justin121


    3.1 now.

    Could be 2.1 or less in a couple of months.

    So, yes.

  • Michael

    Whatever happened to the first winner of X Factor? Did she ever release her first single, yet?

  • CrimTV

    I know it’s too early too tell but WOW NBC sure are having a first great week, and overall a great summer as well. I know this will probably turn upside down but there is more of a hope this season!

  • Christina

    Im not saying x factor is a flop, but I’m just happy it’s not pulling in huge nbers like expected because that means tvd will have a better chance an jt won’t be as much of a threat to it :)

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    Btiney is much bigger than Christina, I agree, she’s a bigger mess, when everyone thinks of Britney they think untalented, when everyone thinks of Xtina, they think talent, unique, voice of her generation. I know who’ll be remembered in 100 years and it’s not the old-looking crazy one.

  • Rebecca

    I watched a little bit of Glee last night but I think I’m done with that show now. I like Sue Sylvester, but now that some of the characters have moved on I’m just not interested – I saw everything that had aired up until last night. Thursday nights for me belong to NBC anyway, once those comedies get started again (and TBBT, my only show CBS show that night).

  • Billy

    For everyone here pleased by the X Factor and Glee numbers just a word of caution. Remember these are premiere numbers and EARLY premiere numbers. They are both way down from their last year premiere numbers. The numbers will go down as the season goes on. Don’t forget they are EARLY premiere numbers which means they went against much weaker competition than normal. These numbers will go down greatly as the other networks premiere the competition against these shows. The reason the X Factor numbers in particular are really bad is because it premiered early against weaker competition and it has a huge promotional push behind it. Also, the Britney excitement among the few that watched it will wane. X Factor is headed for 2.5 ratings a best. Glee will go down as well when GA and POI go against it.

  • Mark

    How many of this singing/talent shows do we need to watch? American idol was a new a different thing when it came out. Now we many clones of it. People like these shows for a while. Now it becomes the same old thing over and over.

    I predict within 3 more years all these talent shows will be gone. Idol may hang on for a year or 2 beyond that.

  • ltown

    @ hotlatino4gaymarriage. Britney spears is a bigger icon an. Christina ain’t even really an.icon. Britney will be remembered more then her sorry

  • plk

    Glee needs Matt Bomer back!

  • Nick

    To see the positive effect Britney had on X Factor, just imagine the numbers it would have got going directly against The Voice if Paula and Nicole were still on the show. It would have been lucky to get a 2.0. The X factor didn’t have the voice in the same week let alone the same start time last year.
    Britney is way bigger in everything that counts i.e. album/tour sales and pop culture impact. Christina is just fortunate in this case to be in spinning chair rather than a stationary one.

  • Spencer

    Okay So this doesn’t have to do with the shows but it has to do with FOX. Why doesn’t FOX put up new episodes of their shows online the next day? You always have to wait a week for them to go up on hulu or their website. (but on their website if you have a certain tv provider you can watch it now). Just wondering why FOX makes you wait while all the other primetime networks put it up the next day…..

  • hmm

    @Nick No last year XF did not compete against the Voice. It premiered later- the same week all the other networks aired their season premieres (in other word- it faced tougher competition that this year!). And still got much better ratings. WITH Paula & Nicole. (actually, Paula & Cheryl- Nicole came later I believe). I dont feel bad for Britney- her fans are very rude and arrogant and wont even admit that their precious star isn’t the magnet they assumed.

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