TV Ratings Thursday: ‘The X Factor’ Thursday Premiere On Par With Wednesday + ‘The Million Second Quiz’ Continues Decline


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.2/7 1.9/6 1.4/4 1.3/4 1.0/3 0.2/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.9/7 1.3/5 1.0/3 1.1/4 0.8/3 0.1/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.785 6.687 5.056 3.338 3.400 0.656


Last night’s Thursday Night Football game (Jets/Patriots) was simulcast on the ABC affiliate in Boston  and the CBS affiliate in New York. As a result, the ABC and CBS numbers may be inflated  and subject to more than typical adjustments in the finals.

FOX was number 1 in adults 18-49 and with Total Viewers.

On FOX, the 2-hour Thursday premiere of The X Factor earned a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, up slightly from yesterday’s preliminary 2.1 adults 18-49 rating Update: we received yesterday’s finals and The X Factor was flat with yesterday’s 2.2 adults 18-49 rating but way down from 3.1 adults 18-49 rating last year’s Thursday debut earned.

On NBC, The Million Second Quiz earned a 1.1, down two tenths from yesterday’s 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Big Brother garnered a 2.6, up a tenth from last week’s 2.5 adults 18-49 rating. Earlier in the night, The CBS Fall Preview earned a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, the season finale of  Rookie Blue scored a 1.4, up four tenths from last week’s 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.


Overnight ratings for Thursday, September 12, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory -R 2.2 8 8.53
FOX The X Factor (8-10PM) 2.2 7 6.79
ABC Shark Tank -R 1.3 4 5.12
NBC The Million Second Quiz 1.1 4 4.22
CW The Vampire Diaries -R 0.2 1 0.72
8:30PM CBS CBS Fall Preview 1.7 5 6.47
9:00PM CBS Big Brother 2.6 7 7.46
ABC Wipeout -R 1.3 4 4.32
NBC Hollywood Game Night -R 1.0 3 3.11
CW America’s Next Top Model -R 0.2 0 0.59
10:00 PM ABC Rookie Blue 1.4 4 5.73
CBS Elementary -R 1.2 4 4.96
NBC Hollywood Game Night -R 1.0 3 2.86

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 2.3/6; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.2/6; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.9/5.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.6/3; “Late Show,” 0.5/3; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.8/4.

From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.1/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.2/4 in metered-market households) tied CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.2/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.4/3 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.3/3).

At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.




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