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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  • ToXiX

    The X Factor, how low can you go? :)

  • Tommy M.

    @ Aron

    “Xfactor is too expensive of a show to put on Friday.”

    If Fringe wasn’t too expensive for Fridays I doubt X Factor is.

  • Pepper

    I’m sensing that the Bear will be snacking on this competition show at the end of the season

    I mean, the auditions are the interesting part of singing shows, so how low will it sink when it goes live?


    Maybe abc will pick up x factor lol. Instead of two dancing with the stars series. They do one x factor. Honestly stick a fork on it it’s a terrible show.

  • Fin

    Wow at X-Factor, I expected it eventually but not so soon, and it faces worse competition (or ‘actual’ competition) next week. This make matters even worse for FOX, because as good (although declining) as Idol is, it creates the problem of having to remove two/three hours of regular programming from its fall each season. So either FOX should schedule some 13-episode long season shows during (and only for) the fall, or start launching summer shows with the intention of having them last til December. The traditional TV Season is starting to become more and more irrelevant, so they might as well start scheduling without too much reference to it.

  • j

    I think X Factor would be terrible for NBC. They already have a fall singing show, a spring singing show, and a summer (largely) singing show.

    Also the only thing that distinguishes XF is the mentor thing, which Voice already has along with other stuff.

    Kill it with fire.

  • Justin121

    No predictions for premier ratings?

    SHIELD: 4.2.
    Scandal: 4.0.

    Will be highest two on ABC.

    Voice: 4.2
    Big Bang: 4.6.

    Those are the only 4s

    Grey’s, HIMYM, 2 Broke Girls, Modern Family: mid 3.0s

    Blacklist, Mom, Millers, Goldbergs, Crazy Ones: low 3s.

    NCIS, Criminal Minds: low 3s.

    Hostages, Trophy Wife, Super Fun Night, Once in Wonderland, MJF show: high 2s.

    Two and A Half Men: high 2s.

    We Are Men, Almost Human, Betrayal, Lucky 7, Back in the Game: mid 2s.

    The Middle, Revenge, OUAT, The Biggest Loser, Person of Interest, Chicago Fire: mid 2s.

    Ironside, Sean Saves the World, The Good Wife, The Mentalist: low 2s.

    Welcome to the Family, SVU, Parks and Rec., Parenthood: high 1s.

  • M

    Why would any other network want X Factor? Fox has pumped millions into it, given it three years with multiple changes, and it’s still failing.

    It’s a damaged brand at this point.

  • Ray

    I don’t actually think the X Factor is that bad..I think they should air it during the summer instead. But I will still watch it…I have seen a lot worse things on TV..

  • rob60990

    “Scandal: 4.0.”


  • rob60990

    “Modern Family: mid 3.0s”

    And Modern Family is not going to premiere this low.

  • Mickey Ninaj

    NBC are not going to pick up XFactor because they already have AGT which is also one of Simons shows. He’s not going to lose the long standing relationship the public has with AGT for Flop Factor.

    X Factor just doesn’t work anymore, even ratings in the UK have been going down each year while BGT remains victorious. In the future only The Voice and Idol will remain.

    Fox demise has shown that a network can’t sustain having 2 big singing contests/reality shows.

  • Simon Says

    I think everybody realizes by now that X Factor is only about producing generic pop groups and that’s why ratings have plummeted each year.

    Simon should’ve been content with the success of 1D, but wants to saturize the market with Little Mix, 5th Harmony, Emblem 3 (yes I know.. WHO???) and what not.

    The younger crowd already has Disney to tune in for “the next miley cyrus and jonas bros” and doesn’t need uncle Cowell to forcefeed them anymore crap.

  • Joachim Inverno

    I inhaled when I looked at the X Factor ratings, that’s crazy!

  • Oliver


    Xfactor is too expensive of a show to put on Friday.

    Sunk cost fallacy. They’ve already paid for it, their job now is to maximise their ratings.

    And if Smash wasn’t too expensive to put on Saturday, X Factor won’t be too expensive to put on Friday.

  • Justin121


    Wasn’t Modern Family at 3.2-3.5 most of last Spring?

    As for Scandal, after Sleepy Hollow (and Revolution last year) one really shouldn’t rule out suprise drama outings.

    Last Spring, I wouldn’t have predicted higher than 3.1, having peaked with its 3.2 series high. But I was wrong twice before (once when it hit a 2.6 for the “who shot Fitz” episode, and another for a new series high 2.8). It delieverd high ratings consistently and hit multiple new heights. Never did it “cool off” as I thought it would.

    Up to a few weeks ago, 3.4-3.6 would’ve been the highest I’d aim. But now, you never know. Given all the buzz and being the “it” show right now is what pushed me to give it a 4.0.

    That said, I admit I went a bit overboard with that 4.0 prediction. However, a 3.5 is not out of the question.

  • Justin121

    Did I mention I’m happy for the success of Scandal?

    Even before I started watching.

    I’m glad whenever a show that is not a sitcom, a reality show, or a cable drama (or a procedural!!!) becomes a hit.

  • Nick29

    It’s funny people saying Britney didn’t bring increased ratings when the first year of Xfactor didn’t have another singing show in the same week let alone the same time on premiere. Last years xfactor had way more buzz because of Britney and was getting way higher ratings at the same time last year while competing against The Voice.

  • Networkman

    I’m starting to agree with those that say X-Factor should simply be moved to Friday Night. And then FOX should really consider putting Almost Human on Wednesday @8pm. There really isn’t too much competition with Survivor starting to lose steam and people not really interested in Revolution. FOX could really swoop in and dominant that hour. It would also be great counterprogramming against the comedies on ABC.

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