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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  • Potato

    @Alex– I’m with you. I think a lot of people got hooked on the show and good word of mouth will increase the ratings. Probably only by a few tenths of a point, but that’s enough to make it not a failure for NBC, especially with the licensing deal which makes it cheaper than a lot of in house productions anyway.

  • Russell

    I predicted a 2.0 for X Factor and I predict the show will continue to fall when there is more competition. This is a good sign because I am so sick and tired of these singing competition shows. I just hope The Voice drops big in premiere week. The Voice is just as bad as X Factor and Idol.

  • Ultima

    what would Fox put on in its place?

    Most likely a combination of two-hour episodes of MasterChef and Hell’s Kitchen on Wednesday.

    They could push the start of MasterChef until the second half of summer and run it on Wednesdays up until the World Series, then afterwards switch to a traditional length season of Hell’s Kitchen for ~7 weeks.

  • Alex

    I’m sorry more people didn’t watch. But really, what would Fox put on in its place?

    MasterChef? Hell’s Kitchen? One of their other 50 Gordon Ramsey formats? Or they could invest in something new.

  • Alex

    Wow maybe singing shows might decrease this season. Any predictions for the Monday’s DWTS premiere and The Voice premiere on the 23rd. (I think DWTS will be up from last year all stars and The Voice will either be steady or down from last fall but definitely down from the spring.)

  • Ross

    Seacrest vs Cowell!

  • Mike

    I was hoping Big Brother would be down more. But at least it didn’t go up. Hope it doesn’t get a boost either.

  • SJ


    Yeah, I wouldn’t be surprised if a cable network picked it up but if it keeps getting 0.7s on NBC upon its return it’s likely done on network TV.


    Betting on a Friday show to be the biggest failure of the season is always a losing game. Even if Dracula premieres to a 1.0 I would still consider that better than a Sun-Thur show that opens to a 1.5… Plus, it’s also an international co-production.

  • Cmd

    XFACTOR was good last night, I hope people watch

  • TylerH


    The Simon, Paula, and Randy reunion will not happen. American Idol is still Simon Fuller’s show and Cowell hates Fuller. Not to mention Cowell’s UK X Factor pushed Fuller’s UK Pop Idol off the air so I’m sure that Fuller finds this all to amusing. Cowell wouldn’t even want to go back. He has way to much pride to do so.

    I predict Simon Cowell goes back to his UK X Factor show…but Idol he will not. With that said, I don’t think we’ve seen the last of him in the States. (Just NOT on American Idol)

  • bluejoni

    So glad to see BB and MasterChef BOTH beat X Factor !!

  • Jay

    Put this into perspective; 3.5 million for a summer show is roughly the same as 8 mil+ in the regular season, and this was Camp’s season low. There is a good chance they’ll be back next year. That being said, I recognize that NBC has a history of bad decisions when it comes to renewals and cancellations, so anything could happen.

  • E

    Does anyone know if CAMP will be renewed next season? Love this show!

  • Mike Z


    If you think Simon Cowell’s $100 million annual haul helps make X Factor less expensive than a scripted show, you are delusional. The geniuses at FOX ruined Idol by watering down the genre with another lame Simon Cowell talent show. Their choice. And if Rupert is OK with the cash dump, more power to them. But it is NOT cheap.

  • Kissan

    People Camp isn’t getting renewed. Hannibal was getting 0.8’s in the summer after NBC comedy repeats and it was up against the NBA’s. Camp is getting 0.9’s after AGT’s 2.1 which is horrible.

  • Samunto

    Just imagine how low American Idol will start!

    And expect The Voice to have a new premiere high when it debuts!

  • Kissan

    Horrible for X Factor like I said earlier. It’s gonna be so embarassing for Simon getting beat by ABC comedies and Survivor in two weeks cause it’s not competing with them anymore, it’s competing with Revolution and SVU now. And now since X Factor is in low 2’s, now OUATIW can probably do good on Thursdays now. Also did anybody know that on Thursday October 10th it will be the tribute episode of Glee versus the 200th episode of Grey’s Anatomy? That should be a fight.

  • bababooey88

    I am not even bothering this season, even for the initial trials amateur comedy stuff…just do not care.


    @Samuto. Wouldn’t count on The Voice premiering to records. Not like the Voice has a lot of buzz besides having CeeLo & Christina come back.It’ll be around 3.5.

  • Mark

    The Million Second quiz continues to go down. Looks like NBC has another winner.

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