TV Ratings Wednesday: 'The X Factor' Falls to New Low for Season Three Premiere, 'MasterChef' Finale Rises, + 'The Million Second Quiz' Tumbles

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September 12th, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.2/7 1.5/4 1.4/4 1.3/4 1.0/3 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.7/6 1.0/3 1.0/3 1.1/4 0.7/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.182 5.916 6.177 3.375 3.558 1.046

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

On FOX, the third season premiere of The X Factor dropped to a new series low with a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating, way down from last year's 3.4 adults 18-49 premiere rating and also down from the 2.7 adults 18-49 rating that last year's premiere earned in the 8-9PM hour (last season's premiere was two hours). Your predictions were far too optimistic.  The finale of  MasterChef notched a 2.4, up two tenths from last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, but down from the 2.6 adults 18-49 rating the previous season's finale earned.

On CBS, Big Brother scored a 2.2, down a tenth from last week's 2.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, The Million Second Quiz fell further to a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating,  from yesterday's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. America’s Got Talent earned a season-low tying 2.1, down two tenths from last week's 2.3 adults 18-49 rating.  Camp matched last week's series low-tying 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, September 11, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS Big Brother 2.2 7 6.68
FOX The X Factor -Premiere 2.1 7 6.17
NBC Million Second Quiz 1.2 4 5.24
ABC Shark Tank -R 1.2 4 4.91
CW Arrow -R 0.3 1 1.18
9:00PM FOX MasterChef -Finale 2.4 7 6.20
NBC America's got Talent 2.1 6 9.79
ABC Modern Family -R 1.1 3 3.64
CBS Criminal Minds -R 1.1 3 5.07
CW Supernatural -R 0.4 1 0.92
9:30PM ABC Modern Family -R 1.1 3 3.48
10:00PM CBS CSI -R 1.2 3 6.00
NBC Camp 0.9 3 3.50
ABC Nashville -R 0.5 2 2.21


In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.5/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.2/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/5.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.1/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 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) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 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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  • andy

    It will rise tonight bc it’s 2 hours… I bet a 2.5. Still not really good though.

  • CBSviewer

    CSI and Supernatural are very strong :)

  • Dillan

    Ouch for X Factor. It was very good last night, I’m hoping a good word of mouth will make it increase tonight.


    Wow @XF, with no competition too. This will be XFactors last season unless they decide to shorten it to one day. But didnt expect it to fall this much….

  • Kissan

    Bummer for X Factor because I actually liked it yesterday. And it’s only gonna go down from here because theirs much bigger competition heading their way. But for the good news now I can finally see Bones beating this. Shame that BB beat X Factor and Masterchef also. Unless X Factor suddenly goes up today….

  • Doug

    X Factor in the UK is also fading somewhat, losing to their version of Dancing with the Stars…

  • AlanJames

    Maybe Glee will beat X Factor when it returns that would be funny

  • Jeff R

    X Factor will be cancelled and Simon, Randy, and Paula will judge Idol in 2015.

  • erwanfromfrance

    I am SO disgusted, this rating make me vomit. I am sad and mad at america for not watching that show.
    X Factor is great and absolutely doesen’t deserves this rating. 2.1 is ANEMIC for such a beautiful show like X Factor is.

  • erwanfromfrance

    So now, let’s pray for tomorrow, I hope 2-hour long format will help the show to get above 2.5, at least.

  • DarkStar

    Excited for THE VOICE to start. :)

  • Carl

    Still waiting to see those huge drops for BB sans Elissa.

    I guess if the ratings crash tonight I can say that everyone tune out because Judd’s gone.

    I still think CW made a mistake moving SPN to Tuesday this season (and I still don’t get why they aren’t showing repeats on Tuesday).

  • bjssp

    Fox has to be concerned, right?

    Does NBC try to rub salt in the wounds if The Voice returns strong? Also, MSQ and HGN are two fairly solid performers that are probably dirt cheap. Both seem like solid choices to sub in anywhere on the schedule, or even to launch a Saturday block at some point.

  • Billy

    If NBC renewed Hannibal with a 0.7 rating and 2 million viewers. They better renew Camp that gets around a 1.0 rating and 3.50 million viewers!

  • AllOfHerTwist

    The Ouch Factor!

    Paul P
    I called it yesterday! 2.0 or lower…

    It wasn’t.

  • EatMorePez


    It’s just a TV show. I think you may want to reevaluate your priorities.

  • Ronald

    i guess britney did bring up the ratinbgs last year!

  • Douglas in TN

    Maybe America is finally tiring of these tone deaf so-called talent shows.

  • loniil

    sad to know that more uk viewers watch x factor uk than the usa views, i thought at least 8-10 mill, anyway it rubbish demi is useless and fake, simon is annoying, kelly was great in the UK Version and i still dont know who the other person is

  • DenverDean

    Proves Britney was the reason why ratings spiked. On the other hand, depending on the overall costs, FOX is still ahead by running three hours of X-Factor than some of it’s other shows or developing THREE full hours. It’s kind of like Unforgettable doubling TGW’s repeat ratings in the summer – not great, but better than the current alternative.

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