TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Survivor' Returns Down, 'America's Got Talent' Finale Up, 'Big Brother' Finale Down, 'The X Factor' Steady

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September 19th, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.5/8 2.2/7 2.0/6 1.3/4 1.0/3 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.6/6 1.7/6 1.5/5 1.1/4 0.6/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 8.127 6.560 9.203 3.386 3.501 1.114

CBS was the number one network in adults 18-49  while NBC was on top with total viewers.

On CBS, the 90 minute premiere of Survivor scored a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating down 19 percent from a 3.2 for last fall’s premiere on September 19 but up 8 percent from last spring’s premiere. It was the show's lowest rated fall premiere ever. Your predictions were too optimistic. The 90 minute season finale of  Big Brother garnered a 2.4 up 4 percent from last week's 2.3 adults 18-49 rating but down 4 percent from a 2.5 for last season’s finale on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.

On NBC, The Million Second Quiz notched a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, down 8 percent from last week’s 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. The two hour season finale of America’s Got Talent earned a 2.5 up 14 percent from last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating and up 4 percent from a 2.4 for last year’s season finale on Thursday, September 13, 2012.

On FOX, The X Factor matched the 2.2 adults 18-49 rating for last week’s premiere.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, September 18, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 CBS Survivor - Season Premiere (8-9:30PM) 2.6/8 9.52
FOX The X Factor (8-10PM) 2.2/7 6.56
NBC The Million Second Quiz 1.2/4 4.92
ABC The Middle - R 1.0/3 4.12
CW Arrow - R 0.3/1 1.15
8:30 ABC The Middle - R 1.0/3 3.93
9:00 NBC America's Got Talent (9-11PM) 2.5/7 11.34
ABC Modern Family - R 1.2/4 3.73
CW Supernatural - R 0.4/1 1.08
9:30 CBS Big Brother - Season Finale (9:30-11PM) 2.4/7 6.73
ABC Modern Family - R 1.5/4 4.10
10:00 ABC Nashville - R 0.7/2 2.56




In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.1/9; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.8/5 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.7/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.0/5; "Late Show," 0.5/3 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.0/4 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" (1.6/6 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (0.9/3).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 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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  • Joe

    I’ve loved seeing people freak out over BB15. I think that’s what Ill miss the most.

  • andy

    A bit low for Survivor starting off… BB did as good as it could expect given the awful F3.

    Lots of mid-2s last night.

  • andy

    So XFactor will probably be around a 2 all season long… good for summer, but good enough for fall?

  • hanp

    Survivor, I believe is down from Fall but up from Spring premiere? Not sure if AGT is up or down from last year?

  • Matt

    disappointed in Survivor numbers. Was actually expecting 11 million and a 3.1 demo

  • Greg

    I went into Survivor uncertain about the twist this season but I think it really works. I hope that the numbers will trend up.

  • Maximillian

    X Factor held steady, I guess that is good. I mean, its slightly above Mindy Project….

    FOX will have to figure this show out, the ad revenue for the show this year is down from $550M to $325M (somewhere in that range), which seems insanely high for the low ratings. I wonder how many “free” ads they will be giving later in the season to the advertisers when the ratings plummet around the holidays.

    It’s sad, I actually like the show.

  • David James

    The X Factor has the sam ratings as Dads it’s not looking good.

  • CBSviewer

    I think these numbers a little low for Survivor.

    Is that the fourth time CW aired the same episode of Supernatural ?

  • Oliver

    Sad to see 3 of the big 4 only airing reality junk.

  • Kissan

    The only thing I watched yesterday was X Factor and it was okay yesterday. The only thing bad about it is it tied Dads and only has three tenths more than TMP. I just can’t wait to see it go down to the 1’s next week. I like how TMSQ goes up all of a sudden.


    Yes AGT is up from last years finale and Survivor and is down from last fall but up from spring.

  • Mon

    Survivor premire felt like a drag. Ninety minutes was too long. I’m not too excited to see the new season but I’ll watch it anyway. That being said, I wish Big Brother had a 2-hour finale given how controversial this season was and some houseguests weren’t even given a chance to explain themselves or react about the controversies.

    About the BB finale, I’m just glad Spencer didn’t win anything. While it’s disappointing that GM didn’t win, at least she got 2nd place. She blew her answers to the jury and I knew she wouldn’t win against Andy. She could have gotten two more votes if she said she stayed more loyal than Andy. She was able to survive even after most of her allies were gone before the exterminators. In the end, ‘m glad Elissa got America’s Favorite so that alone makes up for this horrible season.

  • casey

    I must say that the start to Survivor with automatic survivors being sent to redemption island is a let down…maybe just feel that way becuase it’s Rupert.
    Fianle of BB numbers are actually quite surprising giving that nobody wanted to see the final three make it that far…personally I couldn’t decide who I wanted to lose more…I guess the lesser evil won but then again who knows…hopefully BB16 will have better houseguests than this horrible season.
    Over on AGT, for the second year in a row I feel that the right person has won…don’t get me wrong there were some great singers on the show…however I must more appreciate the variety acts…you want to sing there’s the Voice/ American Idol and X-Factor…knock yourself out.
    And X-Factor….yikes…I guess the glory days of Simon Cowell are coming to an end…not even his baby mama problems and having his face all over the tabloids have helped the ratings…and now Paulina has her own personal matters over the news (breaking up a Mexican’s marriage…some garbage like that)…I do not this that the average viewer knows enough about her to care about her personal issues…


    Rather disappointing finale for Big Brother and a so-so start for Survivor

    XFac way off & may be off for good

  • Cougar Town Forever

    Not bad for Survivor, but not great for a premier.

    I wonder if we have hit reality performance competition overload. Between Idol, X Factor, the Voice, and AGT, not to mention DWTS and SYTYCD, that is a lot of hours of reality TV (not all at once I realize, but still). X Factor looks like its going to turn into a disaster this season. While I expect the Voice to do better than X Factor, I am wondering if that will be meaningfully down as well this year.

  • s0303

    wish survivor was a little higher…i am really liking the twist so far…

  • Michael

    The auditions are suppose to be the most exciting for viewers. If X Factor could only pull a 2.2 during the entertaining segment, what will it pull when it goes LIVE?

  • SG

    A great BB finale!

  • erwanfromfrance

    Very disapointed about The X Factor ratings ! 2.2 is very low, but, at least, it didn’t failed as much people predicted ! It is steady but, it is not high at all, hope it can be adjusted up

  • Edward

    Survivor’s down and it was against reduced competition last night. Fascinating.

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