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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  • Ray

    It’s to bad that X Factor isn’t doing well. It was actually really good last night and had some pretty decent talent showcased! People should give it another shot!

  • Networkman

    I feel the problem is the poor choice of judges that were chosen. I don’t understand why Simon felt 3 women were needed. And imo, those that were chosen are not huge megastars in the states. Kelly Rowland was great with the group Destiny’s Child but her solo efforts has been lackluster. Demi is an ok singer who had a few popular songs but she is not Katy Perry. And Paulina is not as big as her latin peers, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira.

    I feel that Demi could of stayed but P.Diddy should of took over the slot vacated by L.A. Reid. I don’t think Pink would of been interested. So Simon should of just had Paula Abdul return. That would of created some buzz. The return of Paula along with P.Diddy would of been interesting.

  • Networkman

    I agree that X-Factor has hurt Idol because it is just complete overkill. At least The Voice is on another network. But that show has also contributed to the exhaustion from singing shows. If a lot of the new dramas catch on for FOX, it may be really time to cancel X-Factor. The network would need slots for such shows as Rake, Sleepy Hollow, Almost Human and The Following, along with any new drama that premieres, if all are renewed for the 2014-15 season.

    Wow at the amount of people who viewed CBS Fall Preview. The new shows really got great exposure with this special airing after The Big Bang Theory.

  • Edward Mooney

    X the X-Factor! On the road to slow death.

  • Ray

    But if it’s about the musical talent does it really matter who the judges are?? I mean if Britney couldn’t pull in the numbers last year for X Factor??? As long as the judges have music industry experience .

  • Paul

    The two talent shows that are on the sinking ship are the X-Factor and American Idol. It all started with they wouldn’t pay Paula Abdul a fair price. Than they brought on Ellen and Simon split. Ever since American Idols ratings have been declining steadily. However, the ONE lineup they had that was stable was with Steven Tyler & Jennifer Lopez on board. With X-Factor the best lineup they had was Paula back with Simon. But both shows thought each year because their ratings weren’t what they expected they would continue firing all their judges and hire new name brand dingbats. That’s what’s killed these two shows, this tiring rotation of new judges each year and every year they do it ratings will continue to slide until the show is canceled. X-Factor after this year and Idol after another year or two!

  • Mark

    Everyone seems to forget that last season the X factor went up against the voice in the season premiere, and it still got much better ratings.

  • Ashley

    When will they cancel X-Factor? They can’t even beat a rerun of TBBT??!! We don’t need so many singing competitions.

  • LisaV


    J. Lo and Tyler was a ratings disaster – down 20%. A massive loss for $40 million.

  • Tommy H

    >> I dont know about his intellectual prowess but simon’s style of producing is boring. AGT is a fine show but its boring and lazy. if you like boring and lazy , its fantastic. i have a feeling X factor is the same.

    but the same kind of production works in BGT and X Factor UK

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