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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  • Holly

    @Hubert R.

    With X Factor/Idol on Wednesday and Thursday, comedies on Tuesday, and animation on Sunday, FOX doesn’t have a lot of options for scheduling new hour-longs. Monday really does make the most sense given their schedule. Of course, X Factor’s implosion might change that for next year…

  • LisaV

    If FOX didn’t cancel a complete dud like “SYTYCD” they’re not gonna cancel an almost dud like “X Factor.” They are the second worst team in TV history; just behind the laughable “Smash”/”MSQ” squad at NBC

  • JR35

    A mistake letting Britney go? The ratings had declined from the prior year, last year. It doesn’t really matter who they have on the judges’ panel (plus, she was not effective, anyhow).

  • Greg

    Wipeout costs practically nothing, and it rates higher than most of ABC’s summer programming. There’s no way it gets cancelled.

  • Sarah

    Is there a realistic possibility of Fox moving the X Factor to Fridays instead of Bones if Bones stays steady and the X Factor keeps falling? Or it just wishful thinking on my part?

  • Greg

    Is it possible for FOX to reduce X Factor to just an hour on Wednesdays and add another hour on Fridays? They could move Bones to Wednesdays and be done with their Friday problem.

  • Freddy Arrow


    “Fox fire simon hire new producers, they want it to work”

    I admit I don’t know exactly how the behind the scenes works on X-Factor, but as far as I understand, its Cowell’s show, not Fox’s. They can’t fire him.


    Not boding too well for XFac at this point at all

    Can’t really comment much on anything else until the finals

    Except (of course) GO CBS!!

  • Jeff (Canada)

    Revised FOX schedule:

    Monday: Almost Human 8pm, Sleepy Hollow 9pm
    Tuesday: Raising Hope 8pm, Mindy Project 8:30, New Girl 9pm, Brooklyn 9-9 9:30
    Wednesday: Masterchef Jr 8pm, ______ 9pm (my only hole I need to plug)
    Thursday: Glee 8pm, Bones 9pm
    Friday: X-Factor 8pm-10pm

  • BigBrotherFan

    I tried giving XFACTOR a go when Britney was the new judge and I hated the format of the show. I really couldn’t get into it and started watching the auditions/performances until Nov. I CANNOT STAND Mario Lopez for the life of me and that’s when I totally gave up. I promise once that untalented tool is back as the host WATCH THE NUMBERS plummet even more. This show either needs a FULL REVAMP or I really like the idea of NBC getting it from FOX and using it as their fall singing show and THE VOICE as spring ONLY.

    I don’t think DADS AND Brooklyn 9 repeated badly, then again, zero competition.

    SCANDAL repeated well! It never does that well for a repeat

  • Kissan

    I’m rooting for X Factor to go down more because I really want OUATIW to succeed on Thursdays on ABC. I see Glee will be beating X Factor for a couple of weeks. I’m feeling just a little nervous for The Voice right now. Anyways I can’t wait for next Thursday for the premieres of GA,Glee,Crazy Ones and MJF Show!

  • CrimTV


    Sleepy Hollow hardly had any buzz and scored a 3.5 for it’s premiere

  • Birdsht

    Its been another train wreck. The mexican noone knows about is only hurting things. Kelly Rowland was a very poor choice. She acts like a fool, puts on way too much fake inner city garbage to take her the least bit seriously. She is the epitome of exactly what people DO NOT want to see on TV. Then theres Demi Lovato who is way too comfortable and smug thinking she has it all figured out, as it turns out who could really care about anything a teenager has to say. Simon is not the problem.

  • ruckfules55

    What will Fox do with X-Factor? At this point it really seems like it will average a 1.5-1.6 this fall with its current schedule.

    For me, the logical thing would be to wait after baseball, then reset the sked:

    Mon = Sleepy Hollow + Almost Human (I’m not from the US so will Almost Human’s November premiere be after baseball?)
    Tues = RH + TMP + NG + B99
    Wed = Bones + XF
    Thursday = Glee + XF
    Fri = XF + repeats / Jr. MasterChef

    My fantasy scheduling does seem to be a bit weird admittedly. Points to consider:
    1. Bones at Wed 8PM avoids CM + SVU at 9.
    2. Not sure about Glee’s debut date, but putting it at Thurs 8PM removes it from the cannibalizing effect of Grey’s on the female demo (unless Wonderland hits for ABC).
    3. Is XF at the live stages after baseball? That would make it easier for the 1 hr for 3 nights schedule. If not, they would have to edit their taped episodes for such a schedule.
    4. XF could probably do a 1.3 or thereabouts at Fri 8PM. All things considered, that would be a win for Fox.

  • CrimTV


    “Then theres Demi Lovato who is way too comfortable and smug thinking she has it all figured out, as it turns out who could really care about anything a teenager has to say.”

    Demi is 21…

  • Mitchell

    They won’t move X Factor to Fridays. Seems like too big of a move now that the season has started, and the networks are nothing if not stubborn. I think when all the other shows have settled, X Factor probably won’t be that far behind the rest, at least not enough to warrant some massive mid Fall shake up. It won’t be back next year but I doubt it moves anywhere this year.

  • ruckfules55


    “I really like the idea of NBC getting it from FOX and using it as their fall singing show and THE VOICE as spring ONLY.”

    If the goal is not to overexpose The Voice and have its ratings decrease fast, I don’t think that will work. It will just give out the same saturation factor as 2 Voice cycles a year without the fun that The Voice panel brings to the table.

  • aron

    @Freddy Arrow Am sure fox owns the right to U.S. version of the show. They might not be able to change production companies but they can surely demand new producers. Just like Idol. Fox fired Nigel.

  • chrono

    Seems x factor is finished, well done America.

  • SJ

    Fox should do the following after baseball season is over:

    Mon: Almost Human / Sleepy Hollow
    Tue: Comedies
    Wed: Bones / X Factor
    Thu: Glee / X Factor

    Alternatively, if the performance show can’t be pared down to an hour:

    Wed: Bones / Glee
    Thu: X Factor (2 hrs)
    Fri: Junior Masterchef / X Factor results

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