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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  • Cle

    I can see Once Upon A Time in Wonderland surpassing X-Factor and finishing second in the slot… And also NBC comedies (Parks/WTTF) getting adead of X-factor…

  • Ultima

    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

    You really shouldn’t use a phrase like “worst team in TV history” and then only refer to things in the past couple of years. It’s a giant red flag that makes you look like an ignorant kid who actually has no idea what happened more than a few years ago.

    Also, there have been far worse teams of execs at the broadcast networks than the current bunch at FOX and NBC. FOX has a very good chance of finishing first for the 9th time in ten years and NBC is actually competitive again.

  • Ultima

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

    Even better example…

    NCIS has virtually no buzz and averages more than 20 million viewers.

    Sharknado had a ridiculous amount of buzz and no one watched.

    Shows how well buzz translates into ratings! ;)

  • gerry

    @ kissan

    i don’t think x factor is going to be the competition OUATIW needs to be concerned with on Thursday at 8 pm…. :/

  • Ultima

    Am sure fox owns the right to U.S. version of the show

    FOX owns the broadcast rights to The X Factor, however it is produced by Syco and Freemantle.

    The most likely option at this point is that FOX will cancel The X Factor and replace it with a Gordon Ramsay reality competition (unless they are just loaded with scripted hits). Why risk fixing the show and failing when they can fill the hole with something that they know works?

  • Ultima

    I want Fox to do this after baseball:

    9 – Masterchef Junior

    MasterChef Junior is a limited six week run.

  • Ultima

    @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

    The season doesn’t start until Monday, but you are already the clear front runner for dumbest schedule suggestion of the season! Congrats!

  • Samunto

    I can’t believe that some of you actually think that FOX will change the X Factor schedule after baseball.
    A show like X Factor takes so long to produce and i believe it will air the whole season.

    And how can anyone think that Glee would do well on it’s own Thursdays at 8? For now, X Factor is the sacrificial lamb for the Thursday massacre.

  • Oliver

    Sleepy Hollow had a ton of buzz before it premiered, which is precisely why it premiered so high.

    Then do X Factor/Hotel Hell or X Factor/Raising Hope Double Bill.

  • ruckfules55


    You know, the slight possibility that Glee & Grey’s must share the same largely-female audience. Then again, TBBT has audience of all kinds so Fox must choose Glee’s poison wisely.

  • Ultima

    I can’t believe that some of you actually think that FOX will change the X Factor schedule after baseball.

    Especially because there is no guarantee that moving The X Factor will improve FOX’s overall ratings. They would also have to divert promotion time away from their Monday and Tuesday lineups during the playoffs to announce the change.

  • Oliver

    I don’t see any reason why it would be difficult for Fox to change the X Factor schedule mid-season. NBC does it with America’s Got Talent.

  • ruckfules55


    Agree with the AGT example.

    There are never any guarantees in life, right? But as fantasy programmers, there is clearly some upside to moving the X-Factor around. There’s the possibility of getting better ratings for Bones (if it won’t move to Friday & assuming that Almost Human hits) and Glee (if it won’t face Grey’s & assuming lesser audience overlap with TBBT at Thurs 8PM). Plus won’t a Friday X-Factor do better than Fringe or Touch from previous seasons?

    Of course, I think Simon would have something to say about moving the show he bragged would become the world’s biggest thing after peanut butter & jelly to a Friday slot.

  • Alan

    Wow at X Factor LOL, I knew it would be a mess with Paulina and Kelly. If it’s doing like this, I can’t imagine how bad AI will do.

  • Benjamin Elliott

    Possible FOX schedule in November:

    8PM Sleepy Hollow
    9PM Almost Human

    If Sleepy does well the next 4 weeks, why not let it boost Almost Human? And if you even dream of giving Sleepy 22 episodes, it would need to move to 8 anyway due to The Following.

    8PM Raising Hope
    8:30PM The Mindy Project
    9PM New Girl
    9:30PM Brooklyn 9-9


    8PM The X-Factor performance show

    8PM Bones
    9PM Glee

    If X-Factor is struggling on Thursdays, maybe Glee would do better with a drama that won’t shrink against The Big Bang Theory?

    8PM The X-Factor results show
    9PM Hotel Hell or other promising short run reality filler

    There’s no reason why the results show has to air the next day. This might even do better for X, as its audience won’t be pre-occupied by The Big Bang Theory.

    Dads could resume in January Sundays at 7 or 7:30 to finish airing episodes.

    You’d need to tweak this schedule again in January due to The Following, American Idol, and the lawyer show FOX promised Glee’s timeslot to, but that’s the future.

  • Oliver


    The only extra promotion they would have to do is promoting X Factor moving to Thursday/Friday. They’re going to have to promote everything else either way (Glee returning after a month off-air, Bones moving to Friday, whatever they air at 9pm Friday, Almost Human premiere).

    If Fox premiered Almost Human on Wednesday and kept Bones on Monday then it would require the same amount of promotion as what they’re doing anyway.

    And moving X Factor to Friday would strengthen their future ratings by preventing the Bones-to-Friday move, assuming they’re likely to renew Bones and cancel X Factor.

  • Greg

    My FOX schedule post-baseball would be:

    MONDAYS: Almost Human/Sleepy Hollow.
    TUESDAYS: Same.
    WEDNESDAYS: Bones/The X Factor.
    THURSDAYS: The X Factor/Glee.
    FRIDAYS: The X Factor/Raising Hope.
    SUNDAYS: Same.

    There’s always the chance Dads gets cancelled before, though. In which case:

    TUESDAYS: Raising Hope/Brooklyn 99/New Girl/The Mindy Project.
    FRIDAYS: The X Factor/Almost Human reruns.

    Honestly, I see no reason to waste Hotel Hell on Fridays. It will get Kitchen Nightmares ratings or worse.

  • Joseph

    I suspect “The Big Bang Theory” was the only show on broadcast or cable last night (September 20th) to draw more viewers than the NFL Network’s Thursday-night football game.

    And in the Eastern half of the country, the game didn’t begin until “Big Band Theory” ended.

    Beginning next week, with several premieres, the ratings picture for English-language broadcast networks may improve a bit, but I think “NFL Thursday Night Football” will be tough competition (possibly finishing second in overall viewers each week and in a very close race for top honors in key demos) for the broadcast nets on what is the most important night of the prime-time week.

  • Joseph

    Just saw on your site the numbers for the NFL Thursday-night game, and they were even bigger than I thought.

    The game drew 9.3 million viewers.

    I had expected the game to win it’s time period, but be second among all broadcast and cable programs for the entire night with about 8 to 8 1/2 million total viewers, behind the “Big Bang Theory” repeat.

    I don’t think the average ratings of “NFL Thursday Night Football” will decline, and as a result, I’m more convinced than ever that it will probably rank as the #2 program in its time period among all broadcast and cable shows on Thursday nights after the broadcast networks start rolling out their Fall schedules next week.

    Given that Thursday has become the most important night of the prime-time week, with broadcast nets putting their “big guns” on that night (to attract commercial spots from movie studios seeking to promote films that open the next day), this is going to give every broadcast network not called CBS fits every Thursday night (except Thanksgiving, when NBC has the prime-time game instead of the league-owned NFL Network) through December.

  • Aron

    Xfactor is too expensive of a show to put on Friday.
    And @Ultima everything don’t last forever, over exposure can only last so long. Xfactor would be a great asset at NBC if they can fix it.

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