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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  • Paul

    I had the misfortune of watching Revolution on Monday. What a piece of crap. It was comicial in some parts.

  • Ultima

    Halloween night is going to affect The X-Factor greatly.

    Please elaborate.

    Or look at a schedule once and a while.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Survivor flat?
    it usually gets a bump in the finals. not to mention this has been higher than the last 3 premiers when discussing overall numbers.”

    Survivor was down 9% in 18-49 ratings vs. last Fall’s premiere, Sara was generous to compare it with the Spring premiere where it was flat.

    CBS was all over their PR Jedi Mind Tricks today. Survivor flat/down among adults 18-49? “Those are not the ratings you’re looking for…”

  • PoI – amazing cliffhanger finale is tonight

    God why is it that tv is always so horrible on Wednesday? What a bunch of crap.

    MF? CM? Although i never get it why people watch CM. The most boring CBS cop show from all others.

  • Ultima

    There were some true idiots on here

    For example, Jazzer, who said…

    FOX is in trouble this year though they’ll be in 4th place and NBC will rise to 3rd.


  • Fed

    @Petar Ivanov – ??? ????? ????????. :) ??????,?? ??? ??????????? ?????????? ??????????? ?? ?? ????????????? ????????. ????? ????.

    CBS is gaining speed and will dominate this year. People are once again starting to watch NBC and it has climbed of the whole it was a few years past. It’s going to be a very interesting season.

  • Amanda

    X factor didnt have a lot of competition last night. The ratings arent really interesting for that show until it has to face some competition next week. I dont really think Survivor and XF have the same viewers, but XF might share some viewers with MF.

  • Fed

    Well it looks like this site doesn’t recognise bulgarian language. Sorry about that.

  • Paul

    @Paul, Revolution is an uplifting fun family adventure. The fact that Eric Kripke wrote it is a good sign.

  • PoI – amazing cliffhanger finale is tonight

    @Bill Gorman

    So is it possible survivor to move at sunday and take TAR place in spring? AR was renew only for one cycle i think. Or with conservative CBS will stay where it is.

  • Holly


    AR is almost always ordered for one cycle at a time, so it’s quite likely it will air in the spring as well.

  • Silvio

    If there was no Sony productions, nowadays 90% of today’s shows would be produced by sister production company. Which shows are exceptions? Modern Family, TAHM, Mentalist, Fringe and few more that I can’t remember now. As for Sony, except for Justified, I can’t recall any their recent show being renewed for Season 2. Thus, production companies / networks share of income is moot point in waste majority of cases.

    Survivor’s was in 6th place instead lagging just 0.02 behind their biggest drama NCIS.
    Great example, then 2 shows probably have same ads income. But with some $3 million per episode from international sale and syndication, NCIS surely beats Survivor in profit. No doubt NCIS costs much more per hour – but no way it’s $3 millions more.

    Stop comparing AI to other shows. It’s like comparing football to lacrosse. There is no point, cause Idol is (at least was) so big, that if it loses 50% over 2 seasons, that translates to like $1 billion profit cut to $400 million = still easily beating anything else men invented since sliced bread. But if X Factor losses 50%, then it’s like going from $200 million to $50 million = beaten by many scripted shows easily.

  • Mon

    I watch Criminal Minds regularly but honestly I don’t know why. I just watch it despite its horrific nature. What I like about the show is how the criminals are brought to justice by thinking how they think (or predicting their next move).

    The most boring is Blue Bloods period.

  • PoI – amazing cliffhanger finale is tonight

    Well, my english is still bad but way better than a year before. I will try till the end of this season to be good if not very good. Thanks.

  • aiden

    SO SO SO Happy for X Factor the show is really good, everybody says that the real test is the week but i want too see how is doing the voice against Dancing With The Stars…. I Think X Factor Will Be Ok And consistent for the next week, the show is great and people note that……

  • PoI – amazing cliffhanger finale is tonight

    Thanks man, that was what i mean. Most of people that watch CM agree that is boring or at least no very entertaining, but they continue to watch it.

    Never watch Blue Bloods so can’t comment about that. Sorry.

  • PoI – amazing cliffhanger finale is tonight


    WB is the biggest production company. And in my opinion the most greedy. But its independent. All big names from chuck lorre, jj abrams, jerry bruckheimer, john wells and much more are there.

    Thanks Holly. Still can be move in friday.(AR)

  • The End


    What part of Revolution was family orientated? The killing? the attempted rape on the plane, the killing again?

  • Ultima

    If there was no Sony productions, nowadays 90% of today’s shows would be produced by sister production company. Which shows are exceptions?

    How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly, The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, Person of Interest, The Mentalist, The Middle, Modern Family, 666 Park Ave, The Mindy Project, Fringe, Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23, Last Man Standing, How to Live With Your Parents, Golden Boy, The Following.

    I’m sure there’s a few more. Plus anything from Sony.

    But yeah, that’s only like 10% of broadcast primetime, right?

  • The End

    A;though I don’t think of Revolution as a bad show, I do think it should of premiered in a 2 hour fashion. It would of explained things a little better and kept viewer interest.

    Although there technically is nothing wrong with the show, the first episode is odd. Odd in a way you can’t put your finger on it but is watchable enough to stay interested.

    From the first episode alone, the only thing that could possibly keep you interested is, why did the electric go out, and X character meeting Y character who was in the car with him, avoiding spoilers. The first episode alone doesn’t show you what direction the show will go in.

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