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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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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  • Seth

    FOX is in trouble. They need Dads to be a hit.

  • Hubert R

    If beautiful shows had great ratings because they are beautiful, then HBO’s Enlightened would run forever, and yet it had some horrendous ratings.

    Besides, X Factor isn’t even pretty. And also, if you’re gonna pray, then consider some more serious issues.

  • James

    The X Factor will be renewed as long as it’s cheap to make.

  • Michael

    X Factor was really boring last night. I’m going to continue watching, though. That’s quite the drop from last year’s premiere.

  • Jayme


    I think we will see older shows fall in ratings but the new kids doing well like Sleepy Hallow.

  • SJ

    Exactly what I predicted for The X Factor, so I’m not surprised… We’ll see where it goes from here but a potential season 4 is a big question mark right now.

    One thing’s for sure, though – Bones will not be moving to Fridays. They can’t possibly justify “strengthening” Friday nights (by weakening Bones in the process) while their entire programming slate is crumbling around it. I don’t think Sleepy Hollow will get much more than a 1.5 for the premiere so the Bones-to-Friday plan will probably be history by next Tuesday.

    If this is the sign of things to come for Fox, they’re in for a rough season. Thankfully they have the Superbowl in February but if they don’t stop the bleeding they’ll be in real trouble in 2014-2015.

  • Max Vrany

    Remember, even with those ratings, X-Factor is most likely still making money.

  • CBSviewer

    @ 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

    Hannibal is an International production and it’s very cheap for NBC.

  • James

    Are you Seth MacFarlane?
    Dads and Brooklyn Nine-Nine are in the most competitive time slot of the week, so if they can average 1.4-1.5 this year FOX should be happy.

  • Bob

    I think ratings are going to be around 2.0 to 2.9 for most “hit” shows this year. Under 2.0 will be for the rest. I just think that people are not watching live anymore and with the idiotic rating system we have, Nielsen is obviously picking people who do not watch live. I bet The Voice is going to be hit hard this year…..I would say that a 2.5 premier for the Voice and down from there.

  • Matt

    What a joke! The X Bomb totally tanked with these nobodies..

  • SJ

    FOX is in trouble. They need Dads to be a hit.

    It won’t be.

    Hannibal is an International production and it’s very cheap for NBC.

    Camp is an Australian series. It is produced in Australia, it was shot there and features an all-Australian cast. Why they had to have it set in America is beyond me. If it did well in Australia it will likely get renewed, but I don’t expect NBC to broadcast it next year. The same thing happened with Saving Hope last year.


    Lol everyone posting all these 9 to 11 million for x factor. It had no buzz and it’s clear this show hasn’t worked at all. I watched the premiere it’s improved but fox has given it three chances. It had no competition. It’s done stick a fork in it now. My question is when does fox start negoiating with Simon, Paula and randy for the huge idol reunion. Idol might not be Simons show but damn it would have massive buzz the original three back together for a season. This is what fox should do plus x factor hurts idol. Goodbye x factor make this final season what u can. Losing to big brother is embarrassing but I called it.

  • Ultima

    Don’t get me wrong, I hate X Factor and hope this is enough to get it cancelled so we can get more scripted programming.

    And here we go again.

    The most likely outcome if The X Factor gets canceled is that FOX has the same amount of scripted programming on their schedule next fall as they do this fall.



    Seriously? The Voice at WORST will be around 3.5, but a 3.8+ premiere is the most probable.

  • Samuel

    I guess the show can’t succeed without the Britney fans.

    I bet Britney is laughing her absolute tits off right now. Thanks for the 15mill y’all!

  • dan

    y u guys picking on xfactor
    go watch ur stupid nasgville

  • cc

    I agree Bob, people aren’t watching live as much. Especially that “precious” demo the networks chase after.

    And too many people are just fed up with these lousy “reality” shows that are anything but.

  • Jamie04

    I figured the numbers wouldn’t be good. I don’t like Kelly or that other chick that noone has ever heard of. Also, ‘Dads’ look totally stupid, I won’t be watching.

  • Max Vrany

    @George/Ultima, with their new scheduling system, FOX actually has more first run scripted programming hours this year than last.

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