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 doubt this is the end of xfactor. Too much money is being made from the show for it to be cancelled forever

  • steven

    I personally love scandal and greys I find both good :)

  • erwanfromfrance

    I just realized ! Next week X Factor will SINK ! 1.5 or lower is my bet.
    And damn, what a horrible lead-in for Glee !
    I hope Glee will surprise everybody and with the buzz all around it, manage to get above 2.0 with this EXTRA MEGA ULTRA tough competiton.

  • Oliver

    I want Fox to do this after baseball:

    8 – Almost Human
    9 – Sleepy Hollow

    No change

    8 – Glee
    9 – Bones

    8-10 – X Factor

    8 – X Factor
    9 – Masterchef Junior

    Sunday: No change

  • Eric

    The Voice has a huge fanbase. Nothing to worry about. The Voice will be fine.

  • Oliver

    SJ beat me to to the punch.

    The biggest problem is the tough Wed 9pm slot, where either Glee or Bones has to face Modern Family/Criminal Minds.


    I have to think guys how big do u think the scandal premiere will be. The show is red hot in buzz and people have caught up on DVDs. I think scandal could hit 11 to 12 million or more. It’s got mega buzz.

  • Jon

    Lol at the people suggesting fox fire Simon. It is his show and if he goes so does the show. The main. Problem with the show is that it is boring and the talent is mediocre. I watched the show last night because there was nothing else on, but it will be my last viewing this season.

  • Rich

    Do we really need to watch Gordon Ramsey yell and swear at kids? You know it’s going to happen at least once. No Junior Masterchef for me,thanks.

    P.S. Kelly & Paulina are doing a better judging job than that drugged out hot mess Britney Spears and one note L.A. Reid did

  • ruckfules55


    I bet that of the two, Glee could take it a bit better, since there are 2 procedurals in that slot for Bones to make a dent (SVU and CM). Of course, if I were Fox, I’d rather put an hour of XF there as sacrificial lamb (much like NBC does with SVU).

  • LL2

    Wow! I feel bad for X-Factor. I actually like it this season.


    I agree Kelly and Paulina are alot better than Britney Spears. Britney Spears always had a spaced out look on her face and really didn’t say much.

  • RyanCanada

    why did it drop so much

  • Joseph A

    I do not normally watch XFACTOR , BUT , Andrew Scholz , is Adorable !

  • Kenny

    Parks and Rec actually has a shot at matching or even beating X Factor next week

  • Billy Martins

    As of next season the Fox network shall try to shuffle their shecdule around like instead of having their animation sundae they shall move it to Thursday instead of sundae & having American idol start earlier in the fall & send if presumed X factor to January to sundae

    8-10pm American Idol(Fall)/X-Factor(winter)/January(2015)
    8:00pm American Idol
    9:00pm Glee
    8:00-10pm Comedy Tuesday
    8:00-9:00pm ~(New)
    8:00-10:00pm Animation Thursday
    8:00-9:00pm (New)/Master Kids
    9:00-10:00pm (New)

  • Fake Me Out

    The 1.5 for X-Factor wasn’t a typo … it was a prediction of next weeks ratings :-)

  • Ultima


    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

    There’s nothing even remotely realistic about this. Why would NBC drop a cycle of the current #1 singing competition for a much lower rated one? That’s just stupid.

    Also, the cutting back to one cycle a year to “stop the rapid aging” isn’t a real thing.

  • Ultima

    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.

    Wipeout is very cheap, runs in syndication, and its ratings aren’t really out of line with most of ABC’s original summer programming. Why would they cancel it?

  • Matthew

    I think people are upset at Simon or something… I don’t get why ratings dropped so much… I personally hate the voice because I despise everyone involved except for shakira but even she couldn’t get me to watch the show… Singing is singing no matter what format… It’s the same as the voice basically except better because there aren’t those stupid chairs… And ditching Britney was a smart idea… She cost $15M just to sit there basically because she hardly spoke, she didnt bring increased ratings and to top off she didn’t perform at all… Demi who cost $1M actually knew what she was talking about and performed

  • Edward Mooney

    Time to X the x-factor..

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