TV Ratings Wednesday: 'The X Factor' Rises, 'Survivor' Premiere Flat, 'Big Brother' Finale Down

Categories: '

Written By

September 20th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.5/10 2.8/8 1.4/4 1.4/4 1.1/3 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.4/12 1.6/5 1.3/5 1.0/3 0.7/2 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million)  9.377 9.324 3.402 4.879 3.643 0.953


FOX was the number 1 network with adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On FOX, The X Factor garnered a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating, up 6% from last week's 3.4

On CBS, the 90 minute season premiere of Survivor: Philippines earned a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating, matching  the premiere of Survivor: One World on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 and  in line with your predictions. It was down 9% from a 3.4 for  last fall's premiere on September 14, 2011 when the show was not competing with The X Factor. The 90 minute season finale of Big Brother scored a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating, up  from a 2.1 for last week's episode, but down 14%  from a 2.9 rating for last season's finale on Wednesday, September 14, 2011

On the CW, Oh Sit! scored a 0.4  among adults 18-49, equaling last week's performance.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, September 19, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 FOX The X Factor (8-10PM) 3.5/10 9.38
CBS Survivor: Philippines (8-9:30PM) - Premiere 3.1/10 11.22
NBC The Voice - R 1.7/5 5.42
ABC The Middle - R 1.1/4 4.48
CW Oh Sit! 0.4/1 0.97
8:30 ABC Suburgatory - R 1.0/3 3.54
9:00 ABC Modern Family - R 1.6/5 4.68
NBC Law & Order: SVU - R 1.2/3 4.74
CW Supernatural - R 0.3/1 0.94
9:30 CBS Big Brother (9:30-11PM) Finale 2.5/7 7.42
ABC Suburgatory - R 1.2/3 3.58
10:00 NBC Revolution - R 1.2/4 4.47
ABC Revenge - R 0.7/2 2.79


In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.4/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.0/5; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.7/7; 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,” 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 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 0.7/3 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.
Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.

Definitions: Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

For more information see Numbers 101.

  • Dillan

    I suppose it’s good that X Factor rose, and I’m sure it will go up in the final ratings.

  • Michael

    Damn, I was looking forward to Queen Janelle’s confrontation with Danielle last night on Big Brother. Congrats to Ian, though!

  • MattR

    Man, Oh Sit! is pretty consistent.

  • Richard

    Looks like X Factor did okay without a new Voice opposite it.

    I am still shocked that CBS renewed Big Brother. They cancel so many shows that deserve second chances but keep running that crap every summer. Thus why I no longer watch network TV in the summers at all. The cable channels have the networks beat big time on Summer TV.

  • SimonSays

    So even with the Voice not airing head to head and AGT off the air, the X Factor still couldn’t manage a significant rise. lmao The show is a mess, tried watching and had to stop.

  • Pqueña


    @britneylatina on twitter!

    Mario Lopez & Khloe Kardashian the Host!

  • rob60990

    NBC would probably be thrilled if their Wed comedies can pull the same ratings as that Voice rerun did.

    FOX should just be glad the X Factor rose. The half hours were 2.9/3.2/3.9/4.1.

  • cromi

    go survivor PHILIPPINES

  • John A

    What is surprising about Big Brother Renewel? Its the highest rated show they air in summer.

  • Remote Patrolled

    Have to say last night’s X Factor was the show’s best to date. Lots of talent. Not TOO much over-production. Simon back on form (he was spot on about that boyband!) and the judges are starting to gel (although Demi continues to put Britney to shame)

    Other people seem to be saying the same thing.

    That said show is still 2 million down on last year and has a long way to go to become a bona fide hit!

  • Jeff R.

    Survivor tied X Factor in the 8:00 hour.

  • MoHasanie

    X factor rose, but still way behind The Voice. The final half hour had a 4.1 which is good, but the first half hour had a 2.9 which is bad for a show that expensive.
    Survivor is always flat. Its like the same people who continue to watch it season after season.

  • John A

    Not bad from X Factor.

  • rob60990

    “Mario Lopez & Khloe Kardashian the Host!”

    I’ll pass.

  • SG

    Big Brother always delivers, year after year!

  • Michael

    I just can’t watch X Factor… Entirely way too dramatic for my liking.

  • That Guy

    X Factor is awful…everything is so scripted and fake (even for reality show standards). The blaxpoitation was at an all-time high last night

  • Sid

    Go X Factor! Season 2 has been a major improvement with the new cast.

  • s0303

    considering how much the voice rose this week…a 0.1 raise isn’t very good for x factor, especially considering it didn’t have as tough competition…

    good for survivor…hopefully it won’t drop too much

    oh sit is very consistent, no matter the competition.

  • JR

    Can’t gauge much of anything from ratings until it’s all-new programming airing. So, we’ll see what happens with The Voice, X Factor, etc.

© 2015 Tribune Digital Ventures