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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  • Billy

    @Nothing But Cancellation

    The flip side of your rerun analogy is TBBT is the # 1 repeating show on TV, and the # 1 show on network TV. NCIS is not # 1. Total viewers mean nothing.

  • Percysowner

    I have to agree that SYTYCD is a totally different case from X-Factor. It is a lower budget, summer show and aimed at a different audience. For better or worse, dance is less popular than music. Plus X-Factor has been hyped quite a lot. Dropping numbers for a fall show in season 3 is different from weak numbers for a summer show in season 10.

  • CarShark

    I continue to be amazed at how well Hollywood Game Night repeats. I think NBC could start Season 2 in late-May and do just well next summer.

  • Michael

    Abysmal numbers for X Factor, especially when you take into consideration the show isn’t facing competition from the other big 3 networks. However, X Factor will easily be renewed for another season. Cheap to produce and they made a lot of changes (salary wise). Britney Spears was paid 15 million dollars last season, this season:

    Demi- 2 million

    Paulina- 1.5 million

    Kelly- 1 million

  • CrimTV


    The Vampire Diaries is a serial series, most serial shows (opposite of comedies or something like CSI) will not repeat well cause usually people will only watch these repeats if they are fans of the show already or have seen the entire season up to that episode.

  • Vince

    @ Nothing But Cancellation

    But i remember last summer Tvd did better on its reruns. Anyway i’m still impressed by TBBT it did amazing last night even tying The X factor.

  • Alex

    I predict x-factor to be in low 1’s next week! Can’t wait to see Monday ratings. Any predictions for sleepy hollow or dwts?

  • Joseph

    With network numbers like these, the NFL Network’s football game (which kicked-off at 8:30 P.M. EDT) likely won it’s time period in total viewers and key demographics, and may have been the most-watched show of the might in at least key demos and maybe overall viewers.

    If the NFL Network’s “Thursday Night Football” can keep up the ratings momentum from what was likely a strong start last night (September 12th), and win the night in key demos and/or viewers, what is traditionally the biggest night of the prime-time week for the broadcast networks may be a disaster area until Christmastime.

  • Billy Martins

    Still the X factor ratings are down I thought it will be up in they ratings? I think the Fox network will do changes I think they will stay put for now til after baseball hiatus when I think they will try to shuffle X Factor with their two hour special instead of Wednesday they will move it Tuesday from 8:00-10:00pm than have their elimination show Fridays from 8:00-9:00pm & their comedy Tuesdays will move to Wednesday for they remainder of the season.


    Once the real competition goes in then the x factor will be in the 4 to 5 million range. It doesn’t take a freaking rocket scientist make television history once again and reunite the gang on idol with Ryan and there would be huge tunein just to see it. All the press and money Simon would get is crazy. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist. Plus the x factor hurts idol. It ends in December and idol starts January give idol a break. Fox should invest in good scripted shows.

  • Tony JJ

    X factor results shows will most likely be sub 2’s. 2 the highest.

    ABC has a high chance of being second in the 8 pm timeslot if OUAT Wonderland performs well, 2.0-3.0.

  • Two


    You’re talking out of your ass. You do realize the fall TV season hasn’t started yet right? And when it does the network’s ratings will be significantly higher than they are right now? Please tell me that you know this. Then again, maybe you don’t because you were spewing the same crap last year. Guess what, it didn’t happen then and it’s not happening now. Thursday football average just over 7 million viewers per game last year. Last night BBT repeat surpassed that.

  • hdhdhdhhdhs

    The X Factor Need the Next Season to Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson

  • Billy


    Totally agree. CBS will absolutely trounce The NFL Network on Thursday nights once new episodes start in two weeks.


    Idol season 14 2015= Randy, Paula, Simon the reunion. Its like the Beatles reuniting after years. I miss this gang. Their chemistry was so amazing. Never understood why fox after 7 years decided to tinker with them when we’re utter complete sheer perfection.

  • snoot

    X Factor will be in the mid 1’s against a full slate of competition.

  • Joseph


    The football game began after “The Big Bang Theory” ended in the Eastern half of the country.

    Also, the popularity of pro football is increasing, and it;’s my understanding that the NFL Network is now available in a lot more homes than it was last year at this time.

    I think the odds are good that “NFL Thursday Night Football” will badly wound the broadcast networks this Fall. But as “Big Bang Theory” will end in much of the country before the game starts, it will likely remain a top-rated show.

    The rest of broadcast TV on Thursdays could be in for a real ratings fight.

  • Joseph A

    Given that we had TNF last night Patriots vs Jets , I am very happy with the BB #’s

  • i luv nickelodeon

    XFactor is more of a teen show. I think that’s why it’s not as appealing to other people. I LOVE IT!! It’s the best singing competition out there. The worst is the voice, like no it sucks!

  • LisaM

    TV networks have no imagination anymore. We get reality tripe, now night time game shows? Is writing scripted TV too hard these days?

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