With CBS and ABC still airing mostly repeats, Fox and NBC slugged it out for the top spot in the broadcast ratings Thursday night — and Fox’s new season of “The X Factor” and season premiere of “Glee” proved to be more than a match for NBC’s two-hour season finale of “America’s Got Talent.”
The NBC talent competition managed a 2.4 average rating in the key 18-49 demo, according to Nielsen overnights reported by TVbytheNumbers.com. That was the show’s lowest rating ever for a season finale, and a big drop from the 3.6 the finale delivered a year ago. This year’s finale may have been hurt by airing on a Thursday rather than the show’s more tradition Wednesday, the story notes.
NBC’s 10 p.m. broadcast of “Rock Center with Brian Williams” offered some good news for the network, delivering a series high (not counting specials) with a 1.4 in viewers 18-49.
On Fox, “The X Factor” slipped to a 3.1 average rating in 18-49, down three-tenths of a ratings point from the premiere the previous night. “Glee’s” season premiere pulled a 3.3, down from a 4.0 a year ago.
CBS’s only fresh program was “Big Brother,” which delivered a 2.0 in adults 18-49. On ABC, a fresh installment of “Wipeout” managed only a 1.1.
Adjustments are expected in the numbers due to an NFL telecast in some markets.
Fox coasted to an easy win for prime time overall with a 3.2 in the 18-49 demo, followed by NBC (2.0), CBS (1.6), Univision (1.5) and ABC (0.8). In total viewers it was NBC on top with 9.0 million, followed by Fox (8.2 million), CBS (5.8 million), Univision (3.6 million) and ABC (2.9 million).