Thursday Final Ratings:'The X Factor' Adjusted Up; 'Wipeout', 'The Next' Adjusted Down

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September 21st, 2012

The X Factor was adjusted up a tenth, Wipeout was adjusted down two tenths and The Next was adjusted down three tenths among adults 18-49 versus the preliminary Thursday broadcast ratings. Both Wipeout and The Next were pre-mpted for football in local markets.

Final broadcast primetime ratings for Thursday, September 20, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX The X Factor 3.5/11 10.15
CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 2.1/7 7.91
NBC SNL Weekend Update Thursday (Season Premiere) 1.6/5 5.15
ABC Wipeout (Season Finale) 1.2/4 3.94
CW The Vampire Diaries - R 0.3/1 0.79
8:30 CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 2.5/7 9.32
NBC Up All Night (Season Premiere) 1.3/4 3.11
9:00 FOX Glee 2.9/8 7.46
NBC The Office  (Season Premiere) 2.1/6 4.28
CBS Two and a Half Men - R 1.8/5 7.41
ABC Grey's Anatomy - R 1.1/3 3.76
CW The Next 0.3/1 0.78
9:30 CBS Two and a Half Men - R 1.7/5 7.41
NBC Parks and Recreation (Season Premiere) 1.7/5 3.50
10:00 CBS Person of Interest - R 1.3/4 6.65
NBC Rock Center  With Brian Williams 1.1/3 4.09
ABC Scandal - R 0.9/3 2.99

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • Ultima

    Wipe Out needs to be wiped off the schedule, make this next season the final season

    Wipeout has aleady been renewed.

  • Ultima


    Sorry, I missed the word “next.”

    Still, Wipeout does better than most of ABC’s summer lineup.

  • BigBrotherFan

    Greys is gonna DESTROY Glee. I can’t wait. I dont even watch Greys but I sure as heck will love it if it’s the reason GLEE gets cancelled!

    There’s alot of TV going on Thursday. I only watch Parks and Rec and Scandal so I’m glad I’m not hooked on anything else Thursdays.

  • melky

    The crazy people are on X Factor and I love it.

    The really low rated comedies are on NBC Thursdays. The question is whose up first for the cancellation axe? Up All Night or that Horrible Monkey?

  • Michael

    Does “The Next” have LIVE performances coming up? I mean, nobody is watching the show now. I can’t even imagine anybody caring or tuning in, if the show goes LIVE.

  • mayorofsmpleton

    Grey’s won’t destroy Glee… it’s been shedding viewers regularly season after season since I believe season 3. Just a bit each year — but last season it was in the high 2’s low 3’s most of the time if memory serves. I’m guessing a 3.0-3.5 premiere and then mid-high 2’s the most of the season. Good for ABC and good for renewal but it’s season 9, let’s be honest… it’s winding down.

    GLEE will probably settle in the mid 2’s with a few episode hitting low 2’s. Still good enough for FOX on Thursdays (a traditionally difficult spot for them).

    It will get a season 5 without a doubt. It’s just near syndication and FOX owns it outright. It’ll be around for a fifth season and unless it bottoms out I predict 6 and 7 at least.

  • mayorofsmpleton

    Especially with House gone, the Mob Doctor flopping, Fringe ending — they don’t have many hour longs left. Bones is starting to wind down as well. Season 5 is all but a guarantee, even if it pulls a 1.8 by season end. FOX will slash the budget if they have to but it makes too much overall for FOX to end it before it hits 100 episodes. Sure 88 is ‘enough’ for syndication but 100+ on a still running series makes for a more attractive package overall. I see FX showing it.

  • Michael

    Simon Cowell enjoy these ratings now, before the season premiere of “Big Bang Theory” comes along and crucify it.

  • SJ


    Actually, Grey’s only dipped below a 3.0 twice. It was in the 3s for almost the entire season, with a couple of episodes going over a 4.0. I expect a 3.7-3.9 for the premiere and low 3s for most of the season (and again a couple high 2s in the spring).

  • were123

    I hope Up all Night pulls a Community like recovery and get, eventually, a 1.7, because this rating is awful. I love the show and I hope it can continue, but for now I’ll be careful and I’ll be watching as if it was the final season

  • Dan C.

    ABC’s Last Resort better do well next week, it’s better than all the other pilots out there (Revolution comes pretty close, but not as close as you may think). I’ll be happy if it pulls a 3.

    LOL at NBC. It’s like they were on Cloud 9 for a second, then they crash. Hard. But looking at these ratings, it gives me a glimmer of hope for The New Normal. That is, if it holds on Tuesday.

  • Joe

    The New Normal is only .1 away from The Office with a much stronger lead-in. And that’s *before* the competition sets in. I wouldn’t get your hopes up too high.

  • Nick

    Wow. That’s exactly 1.0 less than I guessed for every single NBC comedy. They sure flopped.

    Haha! @Up All Night. Canceled after the 13 episodes.

  • Oliver

    I’ve read multiple reports that the return of NBC’s Thursday comedies was poorly promoted, so perhaps there’s a chance of a dead cat bounce next week.

    Either way, still believe UAN is dead dead dead.

  • 728huey

    Gosh, the rating for NBC’s Thursday comedies are in the toilet. Of course, these are the same comedies that are considered too highbrow and too much critical darlings for mainstream audiences.

    Having said that, it looks as though NBC will have no option but to reinvent their Thursday night lineup next season, as The Office has already announced this season is its final season, and 30 Rock, while not officially slated to be in its final season, is most likely on its last legs, as I believe Alec Baldwin will be leaving the show after this year. Parks and Recreation eventually won over the critics but never garnered enough viewers to be considered a hit show, and had it aired on any other network with the numbers it has had the past three seasons, it would have been canceled a long time ago. And the other shows (Community, Up All Night, Whitney) have floundered, albeit Whitney could be put back on the Thursday schedule.

    I have a novel idea for some new network comedies. Why doesn’t NBC offer Kevin Hart a huge sweetheart deal to create his own sitcom? Considering how successful he is among urban audiences, the success of the movie Think Like A Man, and the dearth of urban/ethnic comedies on the prime time schedule, I think the time is ripe for an “urban” comedy to be put on NBC. NBC used to have huge hits with The Cosby Show, A Different World, 227, and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and FOX had huge hits with Martin, Living Single, The Bernie Mac Show, and In Living Color, and even ABC had some success with My Wife and Kids and George Lopez; why not take advantage of that now?

  • Oliver

    It is officially 30 Rock’s final season.

  • Rebecca

    ^Yeah, it was announced a while back (30R).

  • Trav815

    I’ll never understand people. Parks and Rec was hilarious last night and always has been. The Office will rise hopefully. Last night was really good and people will hear that it’s getting back on track.

  • Joe

    I still think Parks will likely get a sixth and final season, even it is shortened. A 13-episode 6th season would bump up the episode count to 103, which would be beneficial since it’s produced in-house. And really, I don’t think anything other than The Voice could stand a chance on Thursdays on NBC, so an entire block of new shows would be pointless.

  • SJ

    Parks might get a 6th and final season of 13 episodes, but it will move to Fridays. In no way is the show fit to anchor a comedy line-up as someone before me suggested.

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