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

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September 13th, 2013


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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  • Ron

    @ TVMAN, thats only one part of it. Its not like if Xfactor were gone that Idol’s numbers would magically go back up. Or vice versa. People just never liked Xfactor the way they did the other 2, not when they added britney and not now.

  • StevenFlorida

    UTD has showed us that if a show can grasp the audience, it will do well in ratings. X Factor has never been known to be doing well and with even lower production costs this ratings slide was pretty much expected. X Factor and Idol look too much a like. The only real difference being that X Factor has groups. The Voice survives because they have blind auditions, battle rounds, steals, knock outs etc. Sure once the lives start they all look a like and ratings will go down for all 3 the shows, but before that.. The Voice is a lot more fun to watch than the 2 on Fox.

  • Nothing But Cancellation

    LMAO at X-Factor, this show is dead.

    Rookie Blue probably scored 1.1 or 1.0 as usual, CBS ratings worthless, excpecting fall preview to be hugely adjusted down.

    NBC, people are tired of Ryan Seacrest, stop making dumb decisions, it’s like Jack Donaghy is running that channel (only him could have approved an Ironside remake, Welcome to The Family and Sean Ends The World)

  • AllOfHerTwist

    X Factor beat by a repeat of BBT?

    Did you read the red font?

  • Seth

    The Voice premiere prediction: 3.5

  • Nothing But Cancellation

    I think the voice is going to premiere at maximum on low-4s, 3.8 is my prediction.

    I also expect double-digit drops for 90% of the returning fall shows.

    After last season’s awful drops like Happy Endings, Smash, Touch, Nikita, Apt. 23, a show with a single-digit drop could be considered a winner.

    Without The Voice, Revolution is probably the favorite candidate to a big drop, nothing like Smash because it’s coming back on fall, but definitely it’ll never score high or even mid-2s like last season.

  • Mon

    Dead Factor. Hoping it goes down even more.

    About last night’s Big Brother, at least McCrae has enough class to admit he made a huge mustake taking Elissa out unlike Judd who couldn’t even look straight at her in the jury because maybe he’s embarrassed. He said he didn’t regret not using the veto on Elissa because she was targetting him next. How is that possible when she wasn’t even the HOH anymore. What a dumbass. He just couldnt’ admit he made a wrong move. I guess every season has to have one dummy person and this year it’s him. The best part of last night was the jury house.

  • E

    Rookie Blue will probably go down to a 1.0 with total viewers going down to 4.3 million.

  • BigBrotherFan


    I hope Rookie Blue doesn’t go that low. It’s one of my favorite shows

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    @ AlanJames
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 8:53 AM
    “Glee will beat the X Factor when it returns That’s scary how far X Factor has fallen”

    While I agree with you about the fall of X Factor, you and I both know that there is another unrelated reason why Glee will return much higher at least for several episodes.

  • SG

    And BB15 just continues to roll along. Even though it’s been a weird season with a lousy final 3, I still love watching it after all these years.

  • catsrule

    Ugh why must The Million Second Quiz keep dropping? It deserves to do better. :(

  • aiden

    Season one of xfactor was great but then simon hurt the show, I love britney and. I so happy that she’s gone and demi need to go to I love her but she’s to little, paula and nicole were amazing!!! The new panel it’s just not great not perfect…! He need a kellyC or CarrieU


    Don’t compare so you can think to x factor. It’s much cheaper to produce works as a summer show. It went up
    Slightly these numbers are Terrible against no competition and Getting beat by repeats and big brother has beat it twice a summer much cheaper show. IMO fox, fuller and cowell need to all get over their egos. I don’t care I’d Simon has a beef with fuller the best thing for all parties involved is a randy-Paula-Simon reunion ratings will skyrocket and Simon will get paid tons and lap up the press. Fox start the negotiations now plus Simon returning to idol is perfect he gets to do x factor uk. It’s a win win let’s do it now

  • Nothing But Cancellation

    Glee will return high because of the tributes (Beatles and Coren).

    After that, I expect a huge drop (but not worse than the drop between seasons 3 and 4), this show is going to take a break because of world series and another break on mid-season to make room for Rake.

  • Adam

    The X Factor get FOX’s win of night, so I think that FOX will give next season’s even if the ratings will be like this (2.0 or more) because they win night in both important groups. Today there’s no show without NCIS and Two and a half man which have 20 milion viewers. Time when AI, Grey’s or CSI had 25 milions viewers are gone and they’ll never back.

  • catsrule

    (only him could have approved an Ironside remake, Welcome to The Family and Sean Ends The World)

    Welcome to the Family is a good show, I saw the pilot on demand. NBC didn’t do it any favors though by pairing it with the incompatible Parks and Recreation, WTTF deserves to have Michael J. Fox as a lead-in.

  • Kissan

    X Factor is doing horrible. A 2.2 and only 6 million viewers on a Thursday for two hour episode going up against the SAME competition they had yesterday? That’s the lowest I’ve ever seen for a reality singing competition show. SYTYCD was renewed even with low ratings because it’s been on for ten years, X Factor is only on its third year and they’re doing low ratings and they’re gonna be going lower in two weeks when all the shows come back. Unlike this and AI, The Voice is better because the judges actually have GREAT chemistry and it’s fun to watch the show.

    On other topics I hope the Burn Notice series finale did well. And there’s also no way that Rookie Blue and Shark Tank went that big. I think Rookie Blue has a 1.2 and ST has a 1.1.

  • Vince

    from reruns It seems TVD will be awful this fall.

  • Nothing But Cancellation

    @Vince don’t take reruns ratings seriously.

    NCIS is the most-watched show on TV and repated poorly during the entire summer, so did Modern Family, another big hit.

    TVD will probably drop since started the season extremely high but finish almost scoring bellow 1.0, but surely will stay The CW’s highest rated show.

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