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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  • erwanfromfrance

    @R0ckMyPants I know that we have to pray for most important things, of course. Things like poverty, africa and many other poor people. But I really like this show, and I’m sad about its poor ratings.
    But I understand your comment and I agree

  • Billy Martins

    I”am disappointed with X factor ratings last nite what is people watching last nite to get that ratings that low hopefully it gets better tonite it was not quite of a bad of a show yesterday now with my predictions say if they X factor just get renew next season is maybe shuffle it to Fridays from 8-10pm & Saturdays at 8-9pm illumination show following full hour of COPS.

  • TJ

    2.1 is exactly what I thought X-Factor would premiere to, so not surprised. I personally don’t watch any of the singing shows, so no dog in the whole XFactor/Voice/AI fight for me.

  • Oliver

    I don’t think Sleepy Hollow will get much more than a 1.5 for the premiere
    I predict that this is going to seem awfully silly next Monday.

    Not as convinced by Dads or Brooklyn Nine-Nine, though…


    Fox should be starting the negotiation process for the original 3 return to idol with Ryan for 2015. Can u understand the massive buzz this will get? The original 3 were the best panel ever in reality tv history. They made television history. Fox focus on your crown jewel.

  • Doug in CA

    I watched it live and the show was awful. The new judges didn’t add much to the show at all. I will record tonight’s show and skip through two hours in about 25 minutes.

  • erwanfromfrance

    @HubertR I know, and I agree with your comment too. Like I said before, you are absolutely right, I shouldn’t have pick up the verb “pray” , I should have said “hope”

  • j

    Of returning shows for Fox, 2 solid players: Idol + Family Guy. Idol’s not on for a few months, so…Fox better hope the hype around new shows like Brooklyn or Almost Human does something.

  • Ultima

    I just think that people are not watching live anymore and with the idiotic rating system we have

    The vast majority of television viewing is still done live.

    Of course, for broadcast primetime, DVR viewing is becoming more and more common; fortunatley, Nielsen has been tracking that for the past decade.

    As for the rating system itself, it’s accurate enough to serve its purpose (which is to price television advertising time).

  • SJ


    You actually think Sleepy Hollow’s premiere will beat Brooklyn 99 and Dads?! Seriously?

    Sleepy Hollow = Mob Dr. 2.0

    Dads and B99 will at least get 1.8-1.9 for the premiere and will likely be given way more leeway than SH, which will probably get shipped off to Fridays in November and have its place taken by that new JJ Abrams show.

  • TimsDale4ever

    Wow, check out FOX — number 1 at 9:00. Number 2 at 8:00. They must be thrilled.

  • BigBrotherFan


    Expect THE VOICE to premire down as well

    Horrible numbers for NASHVILLE I’m a bit scared.

  • rgxx

    I was a little dissapointed in the outcoem of MC – I think they just wanted a guy to finally win…Natasha – was huge all the way thru the competition, where Luca was most improved – he had more failures in the competition.

    I think Gordan Ramsey knew she was the better and that’s why he wanted it to be a tie. Natasha should put out her own book – I bet it will sell more.

    I still ove MC though

  • Ultima

    @Billy Martins
    shuffle it to Fridays from 8-10pm & Saturdays at 8-9pm illumination show following full hour of COPS

    Because FOX doesn’t have primetime college football in the fall and didn’t cancel Cops?

  • Alan

    omg X Factor! I guess Britney is the one that kept the ratings decent-ish.

  • John A

    Hannibal had good critical acclaim and no lead in towards the end of its season. What does Camp have going for it?

  • A

    Yikes! A 2.1 for xfactor with no competition. I hate to see what it does when all other shows come back on.

  • Edward Mooney

    I wasted 1 hour of my time.watching this X Factor crap! This is a joke right?

  • Flame

    Q: So how do you spell X-Factor?
    A: T-R-O-U-B-L-E!

  • Bob

    They cut the prize from 5 million down to 1 million. That alone is quite a saving. Plus, not having Britney saved a bunch of money too because the two additions can’t be that expensive especially since they are fairly unknown in America.

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