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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  • gerry

    survivor pulled better numbers than i thought it would.

    they should stick a fork in xfactor and focus their efforts on bolstering AI.

  • Samunto

    Yup, i agree that X Factor will probably be around 1.8-2.0 all season. I hope Survivor is not an Indication that everything will return 20% down from last season just like it was with 2012/13 Vs. 2011/12

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Can someone answer this for me? What exactly is the strategy for trying to win Survivor? I’ve never watched Survivor other than peripherally (like seeing Suvivor outcasts being on talk shows) or its commercials. Do contestants just try to be bigger jerks than anyone else on the show? What are contestants trying to achieve in order to win the show?

  • John A

    2.6 not that great for Survivor.

  • k:Alex

    Good news for Revolution, Survivor is the biggest competition.

  • John A

    Im Surprised X Factor didnt drop a bit.

  • Bran

    This was one of the best premieres of survivor in the past # of seasons. Liking the twist a lot


    Big Brother while it was down viewers will probably tie last year’s demo. Julie Chen stated this seasons social media interest was up over 500 percent from the year prior. Regardless of what we thought about BB15, it was a very successful BB season. It had some of the youngest demos all the way down the line and the controversy and Andy deserved to win. He did outplay everyone. Another successful BB season. Plus last year it didn’t air against AGT finale. AGT did well as it topped its year ago finale.

    X Factor and FOX can breathe a sign of relief as the show held steady against big competition. Hoenstly if FOX could reimagine this show maybe as a summer show being low cost ala Idol’s first season maybe people would watch it. Honestly I still believe FOX will cancel it.

  • Petar

    Reality crap is dead. Or at least i hope so. X factor disaster. Surviver bad AGT bad (nobody even care who win)TNT reality crap disaster. Only BB steady. Will reality crap really stoped pleaaaaaaaaseeeeeeeee.
    Or at least slow down a litle bit. The voice is only one that can entertain me and only first month.

  • Petar

    @Next week will be very telling.

    I agree with that.

  • ruckfules55

    As a fan of Revolution (although my attachment to it slowly started to fade all throughout last season due to the inane storylines), the situation NBC threw it into seems to be a bit better.

    I can see the X Factor averaging only 1.7-1.8 as the competition slogs on. I don’t know about The Middle but it has never been a powerhouse like Modern Family. Let’s see if syndication can help it.

    Like someone above said, it seems Survivor is the biggest competition. Can it do what it did last season & grow its ratings from this 2.6 for the premiere? I’m betting it only hits a 3.0 a couple of times this season.

    With only Arrow as its drama competition, I think Revolution can premiere with a 1.9 and average around 1.5-1.6. That would still be a win for NBC Wednesdays and get Revolution a Season 3. Fingers crossed! =)

  • ruckfules55

    And I hope the Revolution writers finally get their act together. Haha. XD

  • Mike

    I quit watching BB with the 500th episode. I planned to watch the finale just to see who won and then walk away. That is still my intention unless some big changes in production and casting do take place. I had never missed an episode up the 500th.

    I will say that last night was the most boring finale I have ever seen of the show. And as much as I love Dr. Will he was totally useless in his segment. The jury stuff would have been better without him.

    And color me not shocked that Andy who vowed to kill himself if Elissa won America’s favorite and Spencer who vowed to take a dump on the stage if Elissa won — once again showed their follow through.

    And no don’t jump on me saying I wanted someone to kill themselves. Andy pulled that one out all season…if so and so is liked more than me I’ll kill myself…I would kill myself if I don’t make jury…I will kill myself if America likes Elissa more than me….blah blah blah.

    As someone who has had a best friend actually kill himself seeing someone use it in a game and say it so lightly is and was sickening.

  • r0ckmypants

    “Next week will be the real test! Next week will be more telling!”

    Repeat, ad nauseum, every single week for the rest of your lives.

  • cc

    “all broadcast primetime (minus football) is continuing it’s multi-decade audience decline.”

    And why do you think that is?

    The networks not giving a rat’s ass what the viewers want to see and continue to put up crap, cheaply produced as possible. Chasing after that elusive demo that aren’t watching live.

    Like music, people are discovering new isn’t always better. There’s a reason for networks like Me, Tvland and Hulu emerging and being discovered.

  • Networkman

    I did figure that Survivor would return down. In my opinion, it is starting to lose steam. I really would of liked to see it on Sunday night. Anyways, as long as it stays in the mid 2’s, CBS should remain competitive in that time slot because the other networks will not dominant in that hour as well. I feel this hour is up for grabs if one of the networks put a much buzzed about project in the slot.

  • TVDude

    Fox must be happy that X Factor didn’t fall. A 2.2’s not great, but it’ll be ok for awhile if it can keep the ratings there. Hope it can hold for them.

    Good numbers for AGT. The fact it’s up from last year is impressive as most of the season seemed to be down from last year. I liked the winning act too, so I’ll call it as a great summer for NBC standards.

  • Bob

    I wouldn’t like to see anything on CBS Sunday night, as there’s no way to know when a show will air or even when to DVR it, since CBS time shifts its programming like it’s 1975 for sports overruns.

  • Russell

    CBS will own Wednesday night this year. Survivor will go up a little and probably reach 10 million with a 2.6-2.7 demo. Criminal Minds will win with viewers and rank second in its’ first half hour in demo to Modern Family. Super Fun Night will flop. CBS will rule at 10 with viewers and demo with Nashville and Ironside fighting for distant second place. X Factor will fall below 2.0 as the season progresses. The Middle will outrate X Factor and Revolution will come in third as will Law and Order: SVU. Back in the Game will run a close third at 8:30 against X Factor. Id doesn’t look look for Fox.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    I wouldn’t like to see anything on CBS Sunday night, as there’s no way to know when a show will air or even when to DVR it, since CBS time shifts its programming like it’s 1975 for sports overruns.

    I know, I used to record The Mentalist on Thursdays, but now I’m ‘forced’ to watch it live due the unpredictability of Sunday sports overruns. But I’m not a Nielsen viewer, so I don’t help its ratings any.

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