The good news for X Factor this week: It stayed steady compared to to last week’s series low, and lost to the Survivor premiere.  Yes, it could have been worse. But consider that the Season 2 premiere earned a 3.4 rating in the demo and the SEASON 1 premiere nabbed 4.4 in the demo and 12.5 million. Considered tepid at the time, especially compared to Simon Cowell’s 20 million viewer expectation, those numbers look positively Superbowlesque two years later.

America’s Got Talent finished the season on a high note, up compared to last week, and last season’s finale. Ditto for the Big Brother 15 finale. AGT edged out Big Brother in the demo.

The Survivor premiere ratings were it’s lowest ever for a fall edition.

On FOX, The X Factor matched the 2.2 adults 18-49 rating for last week’s premiere.

The two hour season finale of America’s Got Talent earned a 2.5 up 14 percent from last week’s 2.2 adults 18-49 rating and up 4 percent from a 2.4 for last year’s season finale on Thursday, September 13, 2012.

Big Brother garnered a 2.4 up 4 percent from last week’s 2.3 adults 18-49 rating but down 4 percent from a 2.5 for last season’s finale on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.

On CBS, the 90 minute premiere of Survivor scored a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating down 19 percent from a 3.2 for last fall’s premiere on September 19 but up 8 percent from last spring’s premiere. It was the show’s lowest rated fall premiere ever.

8:00

CBS Survivor – Season Premiere (8-9:30PM) 2.6/8 9.52
FOX The X Factor (8-10PM) 2.2/7 6.56
NBC The Million Second Quiz 1.2/4 4.92
ABC The Middle – R 1.0/3 4.12
CW Arrow – R 0.3/1 1.15

8:30

ABC The Middle – R 1.0/3 3.93

9:00

NBC America’s Got Talent (9-11PM) 2.5/7 11.34
ABC Modern Family – R 1.2/4 3.73
CW Supernatural – R 0.4/1 1.08

9:30

CBS Big Brother – Season Finale (9:30-11PM) 2.4/7 6.73
ABC Modern Family – R 1.5/4 4.10

10:00

ABC Nashville – R 0.7/2 2.56

Half Hour Breakdown from Marc Berman

8:00 p.m.

ABC – The Middle (R)
Viewers: 4.12 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#4)

CBS – Survivor: Blood vs. Water (season premiere)
Viewers: 9.74 million (#1), A18-49: 2.6/ 9 (#1)

NBC – The Million Second Quiz
Viewers: 4.77 million (#4), A18-49: 1.1/ 3 (#3)

Fox – The X Factor
Viewers: 5.97 million (#2), A18-49: 1.9/ 7 (#2)

CW – Arrow (R)
Viewers: 1.22 million (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)

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8:30 p.m.

ABC – The Middle (R)
Viewers: 3.93 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#4)

CBS – Survivor: Blood vs. Water (season premiere)
Viewers: 9.37 million (#1), A18-49: 2.5/ 8 (#1)

NBC – The Million Second Quiz
Viewers: 5.07 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#3)

Fox – The X Factor
Viewers: 6.83 million (#2), A18-49: 2.2/ 7 (#2)

CW – Arrow (R)
Viewers: 1.09 million (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)

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9:00 p.m.

ABC – Modern Family (R)
Viewers: 3.73 million (#4), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#4)

CBS – Survivor: Blood vs. Water (season premiere)
Viewers: 9.46 million (#2), A18-49: 2.6/ 8 (#1)

NBC – America’s Got Talent (season finale)
Viewers: 9.88 million (#1), A18-49: 2.2/ 6 (#3)

Fox – The X Factor
Viewers: 6.88 million (#3), A18-49: 2.4/ 7 (#2)

CW – Supernatural (R)
Viewers: 1.00 million (#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#5)

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9:30 p.m.

ABC – Modern Family (R)
Viewers: 4.10 million (#4), A18-49: 1.5/ 4 (#4)

CBS – Big Brother (season premiere)
Viewers: 7.14 million (#2), A18-49: 2.6/ 7 (#1)

NBC – America’s Got Talent (season finale)
Viewers: 11.12 million (#1), A18-49: 2.4/ 7 (#2)

Fox – The X Factor
Viewers: 6.55 million (#3), A18-49: 2.2/ 6 (#3)

CW – Supernatural (R)
Viewers: 1.00 million (#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#5)

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10:00 p.m.

ABC – Nashville (R)
Viewers: 2.60 million (#3), A18-49: 0.7/ 3 (#3)

CBS – Big Brother (season finale)
Viewers: 6.68 million (#2), A18-49: 2.4/ 7 (#2)

NBC – America’s Got Talent (season finale)
Viewers: 12.16 million (#1), A18-49: 2.7/ 8 (#1)

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10:30 p.m.

ABC – Nashville (R)
Viewers: 2.52 million (#3), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#3)

CBS – Big Brother (season finale)
Viewers: 6.36 million (#2), A18-49: 2.3/ 7 (#2)

NBC – America’s Got Talent (season finale)
Viewers: 12.21 million (#1), A18-49: 2.7/ 8 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

 
  • Eric Mitchell

    It really seems like less people are watching TV live but glad Survivor won the night even if it is down.

  • Kesia Monteith

    Fox should have cut their losses with Simon the minute he started combatting with Fuller and Nigel. They shouldn’t have been so scared of X-Factor in the first place to claim first dibs. American Idol is a well-oiled machine, and even with a terrible rated season, it still did better than this show that has continuously failed to meet expectations over time. CW would love to have X-factor though. 6 million viewers would have CW execs do cartwheels. I mean, if it’s money concerns, I’m sure Simon can find his resources. Anyway, Fox renewed SYTYCD, so I wouldn’t surprised if they cancel or keep the show, since I really don’t know how expensive the show is to run, and Fox’s fall programming is uncertain ratings wise…

  • yaddabing

    To be fair, X Factor was absolutely crushing the competition in the UK when Fox ordered it and Idol’s ratings were dropping. I think they hoped that they would be able to phase Idol out in favor for X Factor. What they didn’t count on was Idol rising in 2011 and X Factor delivering sub-par ratings.

    I don’t know what all the real numbers are, for both what it costs and how much revenue it brings in, but I think Fox would be smart just to end it after this season and focus on getting a few more seasons out of Idol.

  • Anny_nanny

    On the positive side, if so few people are watching TV, then there is a chance that they have an interesting real life.
    Ok, I know, they just were moved to a computer or a smartphone, but I have the right to dream.

  • Larc

    It will be interesting to see how XF fares next week when they are up against Survivor plus a full slate of returning shows for the entire 2 hours. Then they will be fighting 2 new episodes of The Big Bang Theory next Thursday night.