TV ratings: 'X Factor' grows Thursday but still low, 'Big Brother' and 'Rookie Blue' up

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x-factor-3-sept-12-rtgs.jpgFast National ratings for Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013

The good news for "The X Factor" is that ratings for night two were up a little bit over Wednesday's series low. The bad news is that the show is still well behind its opening week a year ago.

FOX did end the night on top. But the first hour of "The X Factor" fell 24 percent in viewers and 35 percent in adults 18-49 from its one-hour Thursday debut in 2012 (the show as a whole was off 19 percent in viewers and 29 percent in 18-49 vs. the comparable night last year).

On the flip side, CBS' "Big Brother" and the season finale of ABC's "Rookie Blue" were both up, but their ratings may come down a little as affiliates in New York (CBS) and Boston (ABC) carried Thursday's NFL game.

FOX averaged 6.8 million viewers and a 4.2 rating/7 share in households in primetime, edging CBS (6.7 million, 4.4/7) for the overall lead. ABC (5.1 million, 3.3/5) came in third. NBC was fourth with 3.4 million viewers and a 2.2/4, and The CW (656,000, 0.5/1) trailed.

In the 18-49 demographic, FOX's 2.2 rating was good enough to claim the top spot. CBS finished second with a 1.9, followed by ABC, 1.4, and NBC, 1.0. The CW was well off the pace with a 0.2.

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"The Big Bang Theory" rerun (8.5 million viewers, 5.6/10 households)/"Two and a Half Men" rerun (6.75 million, 4.6/7)
FOX: "The X Factor" (6.4 million, 4.0/7)
ABC: "Shark Tank" rerun (5.1 million, 3.5/6)
NBC: "The Million Second Quiz" (4.2 million, 2.7/4)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" rerun (722,000, 0.5/1)

18-49 leader: "The Big Bang Theory" (2.2)

9 p.m.

CBS:
"Big Brother" (7.45 million, 4.8/8)
FOX: "The X Factor" (7.2 million, 4.4/7)
ABC: "Wipeout" (4.3 million, 2.6/4)
NBC: "Hollywood Game Night" rerun (3.1 million, 2.0/3)
The CW: "America's Next Top Model" rerun (589,000, 0.4/1)

18-49 leader: "Big Brother" (2.6)

10 p.m.

ABC:
"Rookie Blue" season finale (5.7 million, 3.7/6)
CBS: "Elementary" rerun (5 million, 3.4/6)
NBC: "Hollywood Game Night" rerun (2.9 million, 1.9/3)

18-49 leader: "Rookie Blue" (1.4)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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