TV Ratings Tuesday: 'The Million Second Quiz' Down From Debut & 'Capture' Rises

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September 11th, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.0/6 1.3/4 1.0/3 1.0/3 1.0/3 0.5/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.4/5 1.1/4 0.6/2 0.7/2 0.8/3 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 7.832 4.191 7.089 3.615 2.840 1.412

NBC was the number one network in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

Note: the ratings are more scrambled than usual today due to the 15 minute presidential address, which aired live from 9-9:15 on the East Coast (with some networks running analysis after the address). Week to week comparisons for shows that aired after 9PM are essentially worthless until we get the finals later on today. Ratings are broken out below by half hour.

On NBC, night two of The Million Second Quiz earned a 1.5, down two tenths from yesterday's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating. America's Got Talent earned a 2.3 from 9:30-11PM, but the actual program ran from 9:15-11PM, so this number is approximate and subject to revision. Last week's episode earned a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX  just-renewed So You Think You Can Dance earned a 1.4 both from 8-9PM and from 9:30-10PM.

On The CW, Capture notched a 0.4, up from from last week's  0.3  adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, September 10, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC The Million Second Quiz 1.4 5 5.88
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 1.3 5 4.25
ABC Shark Tank -R 1.2 4 4.71
CBS NCIS -R 1.0 3 8.52
CW Whose Line is it Anyway? -R 0.7 3 1.93
8:30PM NBC The Million Second Quiz 1.5 5 5.75
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 1.4 4 4.36
ABC Shark Tank -R 1.3 4 4.73
CBS NCIS -R 1.1 3 9.16
CW Whose Line is it Anyway? -R 0.6 2 1.74
9:00PM NBC Presidential Address/America's Got Talent 2.1 6 8.17
FOX Presidential Address/ So You Think You Can Dance 1.3 4 4.05
ABC Presidential Address/The Bachelor -R 1.2 3 4.34
CBS Presidential Address/NCIS:LA 1.2 3 7.48
CW Capture 0.4 1 1.01
9:30PM NBC America's Got Talent 2.3 6 9.10
FOX So You Think You  Can Dance 1.4 4 4.11
CBS NCIS: LA -R 0.9 2 6.18
ABC The Bachelor -R 0.6 2 2.20
CW Capture 0.4 1 0.97
10:00PM NBC America's Got Talent 2.3 6 9.03
CBS NCIS: LA -R/ Person of Interest -R 0.9 3 6.26
ABC The Bachelor -R/  20/20 0.7 2 2.64
10:30PM NBC America's Got Talent 2.3 7 9.07
ABC 20/20 0.8 2 3.07
CBS Person of Interest -R 0.7 2 4.95



In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.5/7, delayed by Presidential address; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.5/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.8/5, delayed by Presidential address.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4, delayed by Presidential address; "Late Show," 0.5/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4, delayed by Presidential address.

From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline," delayed by the Presidential address, averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/5 in metered-market households, delayed by Presidential address) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/4 in 18-49, delayed by Presidential address) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households with an encore delayed by Presidential address and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


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.

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  • John A

    Great for Whose Line repeats. Best summer show on CW.

  • Oliver

    Capture benefited from the Syria address.

    Whose Line repeats are nowhere near as strong without an original. Still beats a lot of The CW’s in-season original programing, though.

    Million Second Quiz held up okay. Can’t help but think NBC was expecting far more from the show, though. Perhaps if it wasn’t plagued with technical issues.

  • luka

    I think The X-Factor will be Strong premiere 3.5-4.0 and MasterChef 3.0

  • andy

    Million Second is doing OK for a summer show. Did they expect more?

  • The Cool Max

    OK, but AGT was in the normal 9 PM time West Coast.

  • rob60990

    NY aired election coverage on ABC ane CBS at 10.

  • WoWza`

    Wow, it looks like SYTYCD can get a 1.4 and be in good shape for renewal. This is good news for X Factor. Ha. I dont see X factor getting more thana 2.0 tonight.But maybe thats good enough?

  • rob60990

    NY aired election coverage on ABC and CBS at 10.

  • BigBrotherFan

    They better keep SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE away from 24 next summer!

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    I watched the tail end of Million Second Quiz because I knew the President was going to speak at 9 and then ended up watching some of America’s Got Talent afterwards. I think because So You Think You Can Dance and America’s Got Talent were already going to fill the entirety of their networks primetime after the address it didn’t hurt them like overruns usually do. If it had happened Wednesday, it would have destroyed Camp.

  • erwanfromfrance

    Do we have a poll for The X-Factor season premiere and Masterchef season finale ?
    I think :
    The X-Factor USA : 3.2% 9 million viewers
    Masterchef : 2.8% 7 million viewers

  • Samunto

    This is disappointing for Million Second Quiz. I’m sure NBC had hoped for atleast 2.5
    Impressive for Who’s line.

    And can we please get a poll up for X Factor tonight. I’m expecting a 2.4 for the premiere.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Amanda Kondolojy

    The poll is now live. Go make those predictions!


    I think the x factor even without competition will bomb tonight. I am thinking u are all way too generous. I say 6 million with a 2.1 demo. it doesn’t have the allure of the first season buzz or the Britney factor tune in. I honestly believe fox has told Simon no matter what this is the last season of x factor. It doesn’t make sense to keep it when the show has never worked, hasn’t produced a star and I think it impacts there crown jewel idol. I still believe fox dream is reuniting randy, Paula and Simon for a season on idol. People would tune in droves to see it.

  • Anthony

    AGT actually ran past 11:00 on the East Coast.

  • Max Vrany


    (Watch people not ignore everyone but CW. They always do!)

  • Jonathan

    The CW will soon be the CM.

    For Colin Mochrie

  • a p garcia

    I am hoping the XF will get a 2.5 or better.

  • Zalina

    NCIS – Even a reprise is seen for more than 9 milion…Great show

  • Shane

    NCIS is crap -.-‘
    All procedurals are crap.

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