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

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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.




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    Those are still very solid BB numbers. Its a cheap show to produce every year. It hit pretty good numbers for a finale and good demos. It has been renewed for BB15. This season it started really boring slow with the lame coaches but once the reset happened and Dan’s vicious game took place it was a good season. Ian versus Dan were both deserving. BB still proves its a winner. The show is very inexpensive to produce so it will stay.

    That’s good news for the X Factor at least it went up and rose in the ratings. It needed to rise. A 3.5 demo is solid. I am sure the young demos are is what is going to keep it. If X Factor maintains these ratings it solid but they need to figure out a way to do this show more inexpensive. Its a solid FOX fall show but needs to be lower in cost to execute. Last night there was some good talent towards the end.

    Survivor in its 25th season still pulling solid numbers. It crazy to think it still does this well after all these years.

  • Pqueña

    link to where they say that x factor was 2.9 the half hour?

  • POI – amazing cliffhanger finale tonight

    Good rerun for RVN.

    ‘Revolution’ – Episode 1×02 “Chained Heat” – Sneak Peek
    Miles searches for Nora in an all-new episode of ‘Revolution‘ airing Monday, September 24th.


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    2) ‘Revolution’ Adds 3 Guest Stars from Kripke’s ‘Supernatural’

    One more critic give positive review and praise revolution and Kripke.
    all news and more(pictures)in revolution fan site.

  • CrimTV

    I don’t think NBC should be nervous about competition, the competition should be nervous about NBC’s The Voice!

  • Rob R

    You’ve got to respect how well Survivor in its TWENTY-FIFTH edition continues to perform so solidly. No. 1 in Total Audiences last night. It is a television classic that I expect will be on the air in some form fifty years from now.

    I want to enjoy the X Factor, because I am a Simon Cowell fan, but I keep sensing that I am watching something over-produced and almost fake. I feel they are forcing themselves to get excited about slightly-better-than-mediocre performers, in order to try to convince us that we are watching the making of a superstar. I know that sensation when I see it, and I’m not seeing it yet. I remember Phillip Phillips’ audition a capella on American Idol just 9 months ago….that was stunning, and there was nothing overproduced about it. He won and he is on the Top 40 charts right now with “Home.”

  • adaaaannski

    Wow the voice manages a 4.7 rating in one hour while X factor manages a 3.5 in 2 hours. The final 1/2 hour for The voice is always near 5.0. The final 1/2 for Xfactor was 4.1. Looks like The Voice is THE show to watch

  • POI – amazing cliffhanger finale tonight

    Help me here…..is that good or bad start for survivor?

  • Jeff R.

    @Rob R – you NAILED the problem with the X Factor.

  • POI – amazing cliffhanger finale tonight

    Next week MF is back. Then will be true test.

  • Mark Wilkins

    So nothing on tonight except repeats and garbage, pretty boring week outside of Revolution on free TV.


    YAWN Can’t wait for next Weds

    At least CBS came back w/ a 3.1 for Survivor, BB so-so 2.5

    X-Factor up (for now, one can hope) as NBC slowly starts to deflate

  • Alex

    The X Factor up a whole tenth… not great. It could have been worse but obviously Fox wanted more than that from the show and it doesn’t particularly bode well for the next few weeks. I has absolutely no room to fall and its not clear that the return of Modern Family next week isn’t going to dent its 9PM performance. This could be a very long season for Fox and Simon Cowell (and maybe Fox might just be starting to worry about those big money Idol deals as well).

    Elsewhere Survivor continues to be ridiculously impressive for a show of its age. Just a few tenths behind the much hyped and younger X Factor which spent millions on a big names. And given that the two shows were neck and neck for the first hour you have to wonder just how close that 8PM battle is going to be across the season.

    Also The Voice repeats surprisingly well. Didn’t Idol completely bomb when Fox tried a special themed repeat a few years ago (I want to say when Michael Jackson died)? That 1.7 is probably going to be about on par what the Wednesday comedy average is.

  • Jared

    Hopefully the X Factor will continue to rise once the boot camp starts and we get to see the true talent.

  • forg

    I hope Survivor Philippines will increase a tenth in the finals. I hope it beat Survivor One World in the ratings average.

    The 4.1 for the last half hour for X Factor is good.

    MF rerun up to 1.6, I hope it can premiere in the 5s next week. :D

  • POI – amazing cliffhanger finale tonight

    @That Guy who said:
    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

    I think all ‘reality’ shows are scripted and more and more fake these days. So this critic can go for all of them. The question is are they entertaining…. at least.

  • X-Factor

    Happy X-Factor rose. Was a great episode.

  • Chris

    Survivor has a great cast.

    Too bad this isn’t x factors first season.

  • fd98

    I believe X Factor beat Survivor for the half hour at 9 PM.

  • forg

    And yeah The Voice repeat ratings is good!

  • Josh

    I’m sorry Revolution was not good.
    In whats up with Kripke talking about he wan’ts to make it into a Star Wars adventure.

    Honestly I think this show is about a girl trying to find her bro and finding hope and friends (soon to be love) along the way. Haven’t we seen this before?

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