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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  • StevenFlorida

    Pretty good for Master Chef

  • Kissan

    People who are saying The Voice will premiere to a 3.5 you’re wrong. Everybody’s happy that Xtina and CeeLo are coming back. I predict a 4.6.

  • Igwell

    As things stand I think Fox will ditch The X Factor at the end of this season.

    When they just renewed Dance with its low 1s? I’d send X Factor to Summer with new judges, and let Simon go back to Idol.

  • Joe

    Why did Fox hedge their bets on X Factor anyway? It seemed obvious this was going to happen. It really shouldn’t have even been renewed for a third season, but having it continue to eat up so much real estate was a fatal mistake.

    It’s going to be a bad year for Fox.

  • Jayme


    I don’t think it will be a bad year at all for Fox they do have some new shows that should do ok.

  • Joe

    When is Simon gonna figure out that X Factor is a failure?

  • Horward

    Kissan—Every single Voice season there’s somebody saying “The Voice Ratings Are Going to Crash” ,and yet it never happens.
    While never say never, I predict a 4.2 debut, that strengths into the earlier rounds. The Live Rounds are going to likely be the really sore point.

  • jr YOU WING

    Cowell and Arsenio are hacks. Both shows are domed to fail quickly. Fox does not get it. Watch for Cowell back on Idol in 2014 unless that trash rightly gets the axe as well. It’s all over for the X-factor. If trashy garbage like Big Brother can beat it in total viewers, it’s all over.

  • Birdsht

    Kelly Rowland is just not likable. The woman that cant speak clear english is kind of a poor choice for US television. I downloaded and watched the first episode. It was painful. A mexican kid they talk like hes the next big thing (please). A 54 year old black woman that looked 35 and will do nothing and go nowhere. The deformed girl that looked like the saturday night live sketch with kristin wigg wearing small hands. Its contrived junk. People just wont have this shoved down their throat. The UK version is SLIGHTLY better.

  • HV

    Wow! I expect The X Factor to fall, but not that much! I expected a 2.8 and 6.70 million viewers. My prediction for Thursday premiere was 2.6 and 6.35 million viewers, but not anymore!


    The thing is why wouldn’t Simon come back to idol if they paid him well he knows how huge the buzz would be and would love the attention. It’s clear fox has given this plenty of chances way more then most would have. These numbers are terrible. Doesn’t shark tank do better on Friday nights? This show has never worked and we don’t need three singing competitions.

  • Dan

    The X Factor may have tanked in its premiere (and will undoubtedly keep dropping in viewership) but my guess is FOX will still renew it along with Idol for 2014-2015, just because its not losing that much money and likely to buy time.

  • Umanyways

    When Britney left so did the ratings…

  • Bogus McBogus

    Yay! Million Second Quiz just about tied with a REPEAT of Shark Tank! Now can the networks agree to please stop giving jobs to that no-talent bobble-head Ryan Seacrest?

  • Mike

    Britney saved that show for season 2. Now that she quit, there’s little to no interest for tuning in.

  • dbanimate

    you have to look at the overall numbers… yes, X-Factor is way down, but so is EVERYONE. nobody came near a 3.4 adults. people are checking out of television in droves, not just the X-Factor. X did fairly well as compared to the rest of the pack.

  • Manuel

    @Umanyways When Britney joined the ratings went down 25%; she didn’t bring the ratings, the awful performance of Season 2 proves that… The show is just a big, fabricated mess, and it’s small audience seems to be getting increasingly tired of it. Season 3 was bound to perform worse than the previous one because of that; with or without Britney.

  • Paul DeCroix

    Would Fox please just cancel X-Factor already. I tried watching it but it is unwatchable. I watched last year just to see Britney but these judges stink! All nobodies in the music world except for Simon who America ONLY knows from “American Idol”. He needs to go back to “AI” and recapture that glory. X-Factor needs to be a painful memory.

  • Paul DeCroix

    Britney made the show lets face it. Granted she wasn’t the best judge but neither was Paula Abdul and she remained on that program for years. Brit needed a pep talk about being more outspoken. She’s a sweet southern girl and not accustom to being mean like Simon. Firing her ONLY ticked her fans off. I won’t watch now.

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