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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  • cas

    I don’t watch X Factor or even Idol anymore so I don’t care about their ratings, but Simon was my favorite part of watching Idol. I personally enjoyed how honest he was to some of the competition. I stopped watching because the same thing every season gets boring. For the record, I think the Voice is boring as well, just because people haven’t realized that yet and it still gets ratings doesn’t mean the show doesn’t suck. I wish reality would go away already.

  • Bella Bellini

    I prefer X Factor when the judges are assigned to the different categories and start coaching them. But maybe that’s just because I like to hear more from Simon & Demi than snappy one liners.

  • K

    Does not matter with BB it’s been renewed for next summer anyway.

  • Ike

    @AllOfHerTw!st, Survivor can be interesting sometimes because of the strategy. Players have to figure out if its benefits them to betray their sub-tribal alliance and flip to a different side. Or they have to watch out to see if one of their allies might betray them and flip to another alliance. This is mainly what makes it interesting in recent years. But if you have one alliance that dominates over another and doesn’t have any cracks forming, or if one player completely dominates all the others by being intensely charismatic and seemingly brainwashing everybody else effortlessly, then the show is less interesting.

    Sadly, using an awful, annoying, and/or unpleasant person as a shield can be a tactic as well. If you reach the final three, a jury of players who have been voted out will choose which person wins the million dollars. So you want to go to the end with unpleasant people, if you can. That may be good strategy, but for the viewers, it can be awful, depending on the “goat” that gets dragged to the end. This strategy has become very obvious in recent years though, so hopefully everyone will see through it and stop letting competing players do it by voting out their obvious goats first.

    For more info, check out the A.V. Club’s reviews and the accompanying comments there. Those commenters are very eloquent and if asked, can probably explain the appeal of the show better than I can.

    Unfortunately, this season, the show is employing the idiotic “Redemption Island” concept again. That’s really, really stupid and makes the game less interesting. When someone is voted out, they should be out of the game for good. RI is a boring purgatory zone and almost nobody who gets back in the game from there can be successful. It drags the whole thing down. I’m not enthusiastic about this season at all.

  • a p garcia

    AGT finale was good

  • Fake Me Out

    Off Topic Alert

    Bill Gorman said …

    In a week or two once most veteran shows have premiered, it may be clear, once again, as it has been for a very long time, that all broadcast primetime (minus football) is continuing it’s multi-decade audience decline.

    Entertainment keeps evolving … live theatre & vaudeville had to face moving pictures, then moving pictures added sound around the same time radio was really beginning to take off, the golden age of scripted radio was pretty much killed off in the mid to late 50’s (officially 1962 I think) mainly by TV, broadcast TV started to decline about the same time more channels became available and VHS won the home wars and became affordable in the 1980s, the 1990s saw the real rise of computers, video games and that new fangled interwebs thingie, 2000s saw much faster speeds roll out as well as wireless and interconnectivity of devices becoming much more common and easy, and as we go through the 2010s we have smart phones and smart TVs, Netflix, Hulu and the like … so my long winded off topic questions are …

    As the fall 2023 TV season begins and the (still) cranky but now in Depends Bill & Robert survey the broadcast field on TVbtN … what will they see? Will all the networks still be around? Will there be more? Will broadcast TV even be a real player or will it have morphed into something else like radio did back in the day? Will CSI still be on? Will The Secret Circle fans still be pissed? Will anybody even remember Chuck, Fringe and Nikita?

    Technology keeps advancing so fast it’s hard to image what 2033 will be like … interactive 3D Holograph series? Direct connect feeds into our cyber equipped brains? Or will we be too busy trying to tread water as the oceans have flooded most of the planet after the ice caps melted and Kevin Costner looks like a genius?

    Bored, inquiring minds wanna know …

  • Hardline_Pro

    BB15 sucked.

  • Ultima

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

    I always love when people complain that the networks should air less original programming and more repeats!


  • John

    At least a bigot did not win BB15.

  • Mark

    As far as Sunday’s go I pretty much just record The mentalist for 3 hours now to make sure I can actually see it….so stupid.

    I liked the winner of AGT nice to see a non singer win again.

  • lostboy

    I am telling you now the best thing NBC did was put Revolution on at 8pm Wednesday Nights up against Survivor/X/reality getting old, and The middle never watched it. NBC Revolution will take a piece of the pie. I would not be so sure about it coming in third place. Revolution is a guilty pleasure for most people. I am not saying it is a great show, however it is fast paced and fun. Unlike that dreadful UTD. I watched all 13 episodes of it. I can tell you straight up. The dumbest show, I have ever watched. Big Jim over acts, and used to love Junior the season finale ended my only reason for watching. Really is Junior that stupid.

  • Ultima


    “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.

    Oh, come on, be fair… we do usually get a short respite during December. Also, when an expected failure succeeds and is renewed, it switches up to “next year will be the real test!” ;)

  • Oliver

    I always love when people complain that the networks should air less original programming and more repeats!
    I love it when people are amazed by the idea that people would rather watch repeats than a bunch of tired unscripted shows they don’t like!

  • Oliver

    *some people, before you’re pedantic.

  • Mark

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Survivor needs to move to summer with BB if it wants to survive.

  • Jiji Moran

    Nothing good to watch, Thursdays are usually PBS or Food Network night around here.

  • Ultima

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

    And why do you think that is?

    Viewer fragmentation due to a vastly increased number of choices as well as the ability for viewers to watch almost everything in broadcast primetime non-live.

    But I’m guessing you’ve already heard this answer and aren’t interested in reasonable explanations.

  • Dawn

    Good riddance, BB15.

  • David

    Last Wednesday, X-Factor got a 2.2 airing 1 hour from 8PM to 9PM. With a 2-hour show this week, there most likely was a drop in the 8PM hour from last week, so the ratings are not as steady as they might seem.

  • Ultima

    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.

    Here’s a simply guide for recording CBS Sunday programming…

    If they have late national NFL football, record for 90 minutes starting 30 minutes after the normal start time (e.g. 10:30-12:00a for The Mentalist).

    If they have late regional NFL football in your market, record for 90 minutes starting at the normal start time (e.g. 10:00-11:30p for The Mentalist).

    If you’re actually at your TV or can set up DVR remotely, CBS tweets the actual start times no later than 8:00pm.

    Outside of football, CBS typically has overruns for March Madness, The Masters and the U.S. Open. The best solution is to just look at your local schedule and if CBS has sports running up to the start of primetime, expect that there will be an overrun (if the local and national news are scheduled, you’re almost always safe).

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