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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  • Bob


    Thanks! I was just being dramatic…lol. I do that sometimes when I have to feel sorry for myself.

  • Jared

    MY GOSH, not both Big Brother and MasterChef beating The X Factor *dead*

  • BigBrotherFan

    The biggest bomb of the season will be DRACULA mark my words! This is nothing…lol

  • JR35

    Bad start.for X Factor but, yeah the second hour usually fares a lot better. We’ll see.

  • Doug

    And it will keep dropping. Idol will keep dropping. There is a massive oversaturation of singing competitions, and only The Voice seems to stand out right now. But I’m betting that will decline this year too.

  • BigBrotherFan

    John A

    I would HARDLY call the series finale of PARKS and REC “no lead in”. I don’t watch CAMP but it’s sure doing better than HANNIBAL not to mention HANNIBAL had literally no competition in the summer when it hit .7’s

  • Tony ^_^

    It seems people are not here for “The X-Factor”.

    Even “Master Chef” did better.

    Too bad FOX is stuck with it until December…

  • Jayme


    I don’t agree i think it will do very well.

  • John A

    Series Finale Parks and Rec? It spent weeks on with parks and Rec repeat lead in. Hannibal rating was awful but people thinking Camp will be renewed are delusional.

  • maya

    i think fox already disapointed with this show but still running it for a reason but it will not run for many years!

  • John A

    One good thing the x factor doing poor a good day for comments. Been a while since wd had a over 100

  • ragincajun1987

    Hopefully, XF’s ratings when combined with the poor ratings for SYTYCD this summer is a sign that America is getting tired of all this talent crap and both The Voice and DWTS will both be down double digits this fall as well.

  • Carl

    I think America is tired of badly produced reality shows. I will never watch any SYTYCD episode again, because Nigel ruined that show for me forever. I have no interest in the X-Factor because I’m just bored of Simon’s games and have been for years.

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    The entire 8 o’clock hour was reality, yuck. I wanted The Middle
    I think Million Second Quiz will be up a tenth of two tonight
    Get a 1.1 on Friday
    .8-.9 on Saturday.
    Then stay above a 1 for the rest

  • Joachim Inverno

    X Factor, wow that’s awful, ouch.

  • SJ

    It was the season finale of Parks and Rec, by the way. ;) And Hannibal’s ratings were worse than Camp’s. The only thing Hannibal had going for it is critical acclaim, but given its complete exclusion at the Emmys I’m willing to bet season 2 will be its last.

    Camp won’t be as lucky, though. Just read that the show hasn’t even found an Australian broadcaster (!) which effectively seals its fate.


    Kelly Rowland is fairly unknown? Seriously? She was only a founding member of the most successful girl group of all time… :roll:

  • Pavelsauce

    Just curious, what makes you think Dracula will fail?

  • Alex

    They cut the prize from 5 million down to 1 million. That alone is quite a saving.

    Two things worth noting here.

    1 – Fox weren’t paying the $5 million prize (nor are they paying the $1 million prize now)
    2 – No one is paying the $5 million (or $1 million) prize because it doesn’t exist. The prize is an incentives based record contract that has the potential value of x million dollars over any given period of time if certain targets and incentives are met. The vast majority of the time these targets are never met and the actual real term value of these prizes is tiny which is why record companies are usually quite happy to sign onto them.

    On the subject of The X Factor’s cost in general its a difficult thing to quantify. On a per hour or per episode basis then I imagine The X Factor is cheaper than a scripted series and it always has been. In part this is true because its costs can be spread out over so many episodes/hours every season. The X Factor will run in the region of 42 hours this season. That’s roughly the equivalent of two seasons of a standard one hour drama so it can spread its costs a lot thinner. But the issue with a show like The X Factor isn’t so much its cost but what Fox is getting out of it. At this level The X Factor won’t be a particularly impressive profit centre for Fox nor will it be doing their network average any favours nor can it be classed as a promotional platform or a particularly strong lead-in. Fox is devoting a lot of time, money and energy to The X Factor and actually seeing very little reward for that effort.

    As things stand I think Fox will ditch The X Factor at the end of this season. The question then will be whether they can convince Cowell to return to American Idol (and whether there’d be any value to that after The X Factor disaster). I think this not just because its rating badly but because in truth Fox can get the same or likely better results from cheaper output. MasterChef is cheaper than The X Factor and can slot into a two hour slot on the Fall schedule next season and will I suspect be good for a mid-2.

  • Alex

    The only thing Hannibal had going for it is critical acclaim, but given its complete exclusion at the Emmys I’m willing to bet season 2 will be its last.

    I’m not. A third season might not air on NBC but I wouldn’t bet against it happening just yet.

  • Tested

    I enjoyed X Factor last night. Some of the talent is very good.
    I’m sorry more people didn’t watch. But really, what would Fox put on in its place?
    How soon people forget that the fall has been a long-time disaster for Fox. I’m not sure they would be better off with something else.

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