TV Ratings Thursday: 'The X Factor' Tumbles, 'Million Second Quiz' Finale Rises, 'Wipeout' Up

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September 20th, 2013

Million Second Quiz Finale

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.6/5 1.5/5 1.3/4 1.3/4 1.2/4 0.2/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.0/3 1.2/4 0.9/3 0.9/3 1.1/4 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.720 4.458 5.068 4.518 3.144 0.687


Last night’s Thursday Night Football game (Chiefs/Eagles) was simulcast on the NBC affiliate in Kansas City (Million Second Quiz aired on an independent channel)  and the ABC affiliate in Philadelphia. As a result, the ABC and NBC numbers may be inflated  and subject to more than typical adjustments in the finals.

CBS was number 1 in adults 18-49 and with Total Viewers.

On FOX, The X Factor earned a  series low 1.9 adults 18-49 rating down 14 percent from a 2.2 for last week's two hour episode.

On NBC, The Million Second Quiz finale scored a 1.4 up  27 percent from last week's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC,  the season finale of Wipeout garnered a 1.2 up 9 percent from a 1.1 for September 5's two hour episode.


Overnight ratings for Thursday, September 19, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 2.1/7 8.84
FOX The X Factor 1.9/6 6.07
NBC The Million Second Quiz (8-10PM) -  Finale 1.4/4 5.42
ABC Wipeout 1.2/4 4.41
CW The Vampire Diaries - R 0.2/1 0.56
8:30 CBS Two and a Half Men - R 1.6/5 7.03
9:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 2.2/6 7.91
ABC Grey's Anatomy - R  1.4/4  5.06
FOX Dads - R 1.2/3 3.02
CW America's Next Top Model - R 0.2/1 0.56
9:30 CBS Two and a Half Men - R 1.7/5 6.60
FOX Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1.1/3 2.67
10:00 ABC Scandal - R 1.2/4 4.07
CBS Elementary - R 1.0/3 4.97
NBC Valerie's Story: A Meredith Viera Special 1.0/3 4.36


In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:


  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.6/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.9/5 with an encore; 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,” 0.7/4; "Late Show," 0.4/2 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 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" (1.3/5 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" (0.5/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/4 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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  • Aron

    I think 3 options can happen with xfactor (realistically )
    1. Fox fire simon hire new producers, they want it to work
    2. Fox cancel xfactor
    3. After fox cancels xfactor nbc picks it up cause simon already have a relationship with them. It rates better than their current lineup. Put the voice to 1 cycle per year, stop the rapid aging

    One of these are clearly going to happen and it may not be the obvious one.

  • rob60990

    Thanks for correcting X Factors ratings. Still bad that it is below a 2.0 so soon. FOX needs to dump this mess and just focus on keeping Idol around as long as possible.

  • Alex

    RIP X Factor. Mindy might have a chance after all.

  • Tom

    So, what does Fox air instead of X-Factor next Fall?

    It’s worth pointing out that Fox had the best success airing other reality shows in the same timeslots as AI (instead of completely juggling the schedule come January). However, since then, Dance has had to jettison its results show and Fox has grown increasingly allergic to initially scheduling Kitchens during the normal season, especially Fall.

    So while I can see an hour, maaaaybe two, of reality shows next Fall, I think Fox has to air some scripteds. (Glee won’t stay off the schedule forever!)

    Also, the sound you just heard was Bones getting another renewal.

  • gerry

    even at 1.9 that’s still horrible, just wait til it competes against basically EVERYTHING next week. it is toast.

  • Cyrax86

    Can’t imagine what it would do next Thursday against the 1-hour The Big Bang Theory…

  • Glue

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine was a repeat right?

  • Aron

    fox can get a totally brand new panel and keep it consistent but fire simon

  • Holly

    OUCH at X Factor! Given Fox’s troubles with scripted programming, having their unscripted fare fall like that has to hurt even more. Hopefully for them Sleepy Hollow and Almost Human hit.

  • SJ

    1.9 for The X Factor? Wow, that was quick. So much for Bones moving to Fridays.

    Wipeout is barely registering anymore (plus, that rating will go further down in the finals). It may be time for ABC to let it go.

  • PurpleDrazi

    X Factor is down to a 1.9 already and without any real competition.

    Do not ask for whom the bell tolls X Factor…trust me, it’s you.

  • diegobitch

    If The X Factor does this rating almost without competitors, wait until the season premiere of The Big Bang Theory…

  • Dan S

    I think it’s safe to say X-Factor is toast. My best guess is Fox may want to keep it around as a summer series. Short of that it’ll be cancelled after its fall run is complete.. I’m all caught up on Scandal & ready for season 3 when it returns in 2 weeks.

  • Samunto

    Come next week X Factor will fall to 1.3-1.4

    This is the beginning of the End!

  • Holly


    Wipeout is barely registering anymore (plus, that rating will go further down in the finals). It may be time for ABC to let it go.

    I think it can still be useful as short-term event/hiatus filler, but as a regularly scheduled show, you’re probably right.

  • Hubert R.

    I hope at least one of Sleepy Hollow and Almost Human hit, but I think Fox should have already learnt that even though they are able to have big premieres on Monday, the competition in fall usually crushes their dramas eventually. They would have a better chance somewhere else.


    X factor is just a big fat loser. It has no buzz and nobody cares. As I said 2015 focus on idol reunite randy-Paula-Simon the reunion and give lots of buzz. Fox should focus on there scripted dramas and comedies. This show is doing worse then some summer shows did. It’s clear to fox the show didn’t work and it will never work. Honestly I would move x factor to Friday nights. Ditch the results show and do what dancing with the stars has done and do it all in one hour. Move x factor to Friday.

  • LisaV

    With “X Factor” continuing its plunge, genius FOX execs agree to pay Simon Cowell $100 million to launch a complete rip off of “Glee.” But hey, Simon is really happy with his illegitimate baby on the way and his harem of paid, silent, happy-to-not-be-sleeping-with-him exes!

  • Alex

    Little nervous for the voice …I think it will see a 4.0 there is not so much buzz compared to last spring

  • Nothing But Cancellation

    LOL, CBS won with no originals

    BBT reruns beat Idol during the entire last season, so, no surprise here.

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