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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  • Pqueña




  • forg

    Survivor is older skewing now since before it could higher demos in the 10-12 million total viewers range like how their sitcoms fare but now it’s performing like the rest of the CBS schedule. But well this show has been on air for more than a decade so no surprise there and I hope Survivor PH stays consistent throughout the season (both in ratings and quality)

  • Sam

    “The X-Factor” is gonna get clobbered when the CBS/ABC line-up premiere on Wednesday/Thursday. It will not fair well against the demo friendly “Modern Family” and “Big Bang Theory.”

  • Pqueña


  • KS

    0.3 is pretty decent for Supernatural. But, I hope it hits 1.0 at least for the premiere episode.

    This season seem to be exciting.

  • Sam

    I expect once the season is in full swing and all the networks have premiered their shows, “The Voice” will be somewhere in the 3.5-4.0 neighborhood for the remainder of the season, while “The X-Factor” will be in the 2.5 neighborhood. The presidential elections and Halloween night is going to affect The X-Factor greatly.

  • Silvio

    The X Factor is down more than 20% y2y. This uptick only means grade ‘D’ after last week’s ‘F’.
    Meanwhile The Voice is 28% down versus last cycle, last season of Idol was 30% down … and so on.
    Reality on broadcast is dying. People said it: we want more scripted programming.

  • POI – amazing cliffhanger finale tonight

    What 10 pm show will air ABC next week…i mean wednesday.

  • charmedcraft

    I’m just glad SPN ratings aren’t being affected by the reality shows.

  • cc

    Go home Simon and take your crappy tv shows with you.

    ABC comedies not to bad for reruns.

    Tonight I’ll put CBS repeat line-up up against the other networks. Or at least that 1st hour.

  • tv_viewer

    I can’t believe there are still posters who think CBS should get rid of Big Brother this year. Other than reruns of Big Bang Theory, Big Brother is easily the highest rated CBS show this summer. Why would CBS dump their top performing show of the summer?

    Big Brother 14 is much better than Big Brother 13. I wish it had higher ratings than Big Brother 13.

    I have a feeling that Survivor: Philippines will be more enjoyable than Survivor: One World or Survivor: South Pacific. It’s too bad it is likely to have lower ratings than the previous two installments of Survivor.

  • rob60990

    “What 10 pm show will air ABC next week…i mean wednesday.”

    A Revenge recap special.

  • cc


  • POI – amazing cliffhanger finale tonight

    @Silvio who said:
    The X Factor is down more than 20% y2y. This uptick only means grade ‘D’ after last week’s ‘F’.
    Meanwhile The Voice is 28% down versus last cycle, last season of Idol was 30% down … and so on.
    Reality on broadcast is dying. People said it: we want more scripted programming.

    ME: I hope you are right. It was time… you know.

  • rob60990

    “Reality on broadcast is dying. People said it: we want more scripted programming”

    Reality tv is not something new and will never die. Get over it.

  • POI – amazing cliffhanger finale tonight

    Thanks. Is there any info why ABC start later their new show nashville. Thanks again.

  • Alex

    Reality on broadcast is dying. People said it: we want more scripted programming.

    Is it though?

    The Voice remains, by quite a wide margin, the most successful new show broadcast television has launched in years and to make that even more impressive it launched on the number 4 network. The X Factor’s ratings will likely be head and shoulders above everything else on Fox in the Fall and probably only topped by American Idol for the entire season. The Voice will be NBC’s biggest show in the Fall and no doubt again midseason. Dancing with the Stars for all its ratings woes will probably still be one of ABC’s biggest hitters this year as well. And even CBS has Survivor and The Amazing Race which continue to do good business after years on the air.

    The big reality shows have seen some big drops in recent times but they’re still bigger than just about anything else and there’s no sign that, that’s going to change any time soon. Maybe its going to be a closer race in the years to come than we’ve previously seen but its a ridiculous exaggeration to say reality television is dying. Its just come back down to earth.

  • Remote Patrolled


    Yep clearly audiences were clamoring for The Mob Doctor and Guys With Kids!

    There’s room for all types of shows – good drama, good comedy and good reality

  • Sam

    I think it’s unfair to compare “The Voice” season to season when it had the Superbowl kick off which inflated it’s numbers for the first few weeks. When looking at how the show dropped from the “Blind Auditions” (6.0+ numbers) and into the Battle Rounds/Live Shows (Low 4’s/High 3’s), the fact that it’s getting High 4’s now is pretty decent.

  • Alex

    EDIT – Also its not as if we’ve seen a massive explosion in the ratings for scripted television either. Once Upon A Time was the big scripted hit last year and it dropped below a 3 several times.

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