Thursday Ratings: X Factor dips while Glee Rises

X Factor is down after last week’s Thanksgiving football assist, while Glee rises. But, with some FOX affiliates broadcasting football, these numbers may be inflated (OUCH X FACTOR). We’ll know for sure when the final ratings are in this afternoon.

Via TVByTheNumbers

On FOX, The X Factor earned a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating down 4% from last week’s 2.8. Glee scored a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating up 47% from a 1.5 on Thanksgiving. However, football preemptions may have impacted these numbers. (some FOX affiliates broadcast football, which could have inflated the numbers)


CBS The Big Bang Theory 5.4/16 17.15
FOX The X Factor 2.7/8 8.23
CW Vampire Diaries 1.5/4 3.20
NBC 30 Rock 1.3/4 3.61
ABC Last Resort 1.0/3 5.20


CBS Two and a Half Men 4.1/11 13.81
NBC Up All Night 1.2/3 2.97


ABC Grey’s Anatomy 3.0/8 8.71
CBS Person Of Interest 2.9/7 14.33
FOX Glee 2.2/6 5.80
NBC The Office 1.9/5 3.89
CW Beauty And The Beast 0.8/2 2.15


NBC Parks and Recreation 1.4/4 3.04


CBS Elementary 2.2/6 10.36
ABC Scandal 2.2/6 6.67
NBC Rock Center 0.9/2 3.44

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  • Tinawina

    XF is tanking so hard that it’s downright embarrassing. I feel like I should turn away.

    As much as I don’t like Simon it is still painful to watch.

  • elliegrll

    It’s weird that the ratings are lower than they were on Thanksgiving, which Fox labeled as a “Special” because they didn’t want the ratings to count.  It is just a tenth of a point, and like yesterday, the ratings may go up, when the final numbers come in.

    XF is tanking so hard that it’s downright embarrassing. I feel like I should turn away.

    Do you mean the show itself, which is bad, or the ratings?

  • sweetmm

    Last week rise for XF was only due to the fact that TBBT was not on ;)

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    Does it matter? The show itself and the ratings are bad lol.

    I hope the ratings fall even lower just to prove to Simon this is not what the audience wants and does not good TV make. This concept just doesn’t work here.

  • elliegrll

    The ratings aren’t bad.  The ratings aren’t as good as The Voice’s or what we are used to seeing from American Idol, but no show that is consistently in the top 25 for the week can be labeled as having bad ratings.  It would be fair to say that the ratings aren’t what Fox expected, but they can’t bee too upset, since aside from Family Guy and The Simpsons, the X Factor is the only Fox show in the top 25.

  • springboard2

    The ratings are bad compared to the expectations raised by Fox/Simon themselves and the other shows of the same type, the singing contests.

  • wingzdoc

    The show is terrible. The talent is mediocre but they are overshadowed by the egos of the judges and the extremely overproduced performances. Some of these performances make Gaga’s shows look tame. I still can’t believe $5 million is invested in the winner here. It’s taken them this far into the season to even bring back last season’s winner. Retooling the judge’s table wasn’t what the show needed after Season 1.

  • Tinawina

    Oh, I haven’t watched the show in weeks. I mean the ratings, well the whole situation really. It’s odd to watch this kind of humiliation play out in real time.

  • harvestmoon

    The ratings aren’t bad.  The ratings aren’t as good as The Voice’s or what we are used to seeing from American Idol, but no show that is consistently in the top 25 for the week can be labeled as having bad ratings.  

    That doesn’t tell the whole story, though.  We have no idea what kind of ratings Fox and Simon promised their sponsors and advertisers, but I would guess that they thought the show would do at least as good as last year’s, and that’s not happening.

    Didn’t we get a report last year that Fox had to give make-goods to advertisers because they had been promised a demo in the 6.0 range?  While I’m sure their expectations this year were significantly lower than that, the same type of thing could be happening.  It’s possible that Fox is still losing money on this show in the long run, even if its ratings are not considered “bad.”

  • justmefornow

    That and more importantly football ran over about 20 minutes in all the Fox affliliates in the Eastern time zone. That’s the rise in ratings right there.

    When that game was over, trust me those watching for football changed the channel as fast as you can say, “pass the gravy”, lol.

  • Amy Beth

    The X Factor’s biggest problem is that it just doesn’t have the…X Factor!

    Definitely a case of the whole being less than the sum of its parts. 

  • irockhard

    Simon has created XFUS in a such way that it only serves to entertain himself. For the show to improve he has to be the first one to go.

  • fantoo1

    I think it’s karma for trying to ruin American Idol and for acting so bored his last few years on there :)

  • Erlinda

    Does not matter if X Factor ratings is bad. I still watch it because it is my number one source of intertainment, interesting and fun to watch especially the Emblem3 which I voted weekly; douche or not.

  • Kesia Monteith

    Where is it that you saw X-Factor being one of the top 25 shows in the ratings this fall? I mean, I actually agree with what you’re saying, just want to see that article myself.

  • Jon Glass

    Simon and LA need to go next season. Bring a fresh pair of TALENTED judges on there. Demi is great imo.  Look at the UK X Factor. They put together Little Mix

  • irockhard

    Demi is a great judge, probably the best female judge I’ve seen so far but she’s awful as a mentor, but then again it’s hard to tell how much of the “mentoring” is really hers.

    I think Demi would be much better and much happier on Idol. No mentoring, no competition with other judges, and they’ll pay her more. I’ll be happy if Idol hires her and Nick Jonas (who was great at during JH round) as judges for season 13.

  • Taylor
  • idolgleek92

    So Glee’s pretty much exactly back to where it’s been for several weeks, proving Thanksgiving was the isolated event everyone expected it to be. Glee is proving it has a smaller but very steady fanbase tuning in each week, and continually does extremely well in the DVR numbers (I know that doesn’t count for advertisers, but it shows that there’s still a lot of people watching this show every week). 

  • elliegrll

    Actually, there was an article a few months ago on one of the advertising magazine’s website, where ad buyers mentioned their lowered expectations for both the X Factor and AI.  Buyers expected The Voice’s ratings to increase this season, and AI and XF to fall a lot.

    The cost to advertise on either show fell by a lot this year.

    so advertisers weren’t expecting a lot.

  • springboard2

    This is based on expectations. The expectations for this season are lower than the expectations for last season, and of course they are since last season X Factor and Idol ratings were lower than predicted in the case of X Factor, than previous seasons in the case of Idol.

    What this doesn’t say is whether the actual X Factor ratings are meeting the expectations for the season. Since they are even lower than last year, despite the hiring of high profile judges, it is possible that they are not.
    Also, last year the X Factor was a new show, and may have been expected it  to take off and grow instead of shrinking this season.