TV Ratings: 'X Factor' premiere down, loses to 'The Voice' and 'America's Got Talent' in viewers


x-factor-season-2-premiere.jpgFast National ratings for Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012

"The X Factor"
Season 2 premiere averaged 8.5 million viewers, down over 3.5 million from last year's premiere. And it turns out Simon Cowell was right to be irritated about going up against "The Voice" -- NBC's singing competition program beat FOX's singing competition program by over 3 million viewers.

Once "The Voice" was off the air, "X Factor" did fare better against the "America's Got Talent" finals, only trailing by 1.5 million. The "AGT" finals were up over 2 million viewers over the previous week, but were down 2 million viewers over the 2011 finals.

Also on NBC, the series premiere of "Guys With Kids" lost a good bit of its lead-in from "AGT," earning 6.3 million viewers.

NBC averaged 8.9 million viewers and a 5.6 rating/9 share in households, with FOX hot on its heels with 8.5 million and a 5.2/8. The rest of the field was in reruns except for the new "Big Brother," so CBS was third at 6.1 million, 4.0/7, followed by ABC at 3 million, 2.1/4 and the CW at 814,000, 0.5/1.

In the adults 18-49 group, FOX defeated NBC 3.3 to 2.7, followed by CBS (1.5), ABC (0.9) and the CW (0.3).

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

NBC:
"The Voice" (10.7 million viewers, 6.6 rating/11 share)
FOX: "The X Factor" premiere (7.5 million, 4.6/8)
CBS: "Big Brother" (6.1 million, 3.8/6)
ABC: "The Middle" rerun (3.7 million, 2.6/5)/"Suburgatory" rerun (3 million, 2.1/3)
The CW: "Oh Sit" (930,000, 0.5/1)

18-49 leader: "The Voice" (3.3)

9 p.m.

NBC:
"America's Got Talent" finals (11 million, 6.7/10)
FOX: "The X Factor" premiere (9.5 million, 5.7/9)
CBS: "Criminal Minds" rerun (5.6 million, 3.9/6)
ABC: "Modern Family" rerun (3.7 million, 2.5/4)/"Suburgatory" rerun (2.8 million, 1.9/3)
The CW: "Supernatural" rerun (697,000, 0.5/1)

18-49 leader: "The X Factor" (3.8)

10 p.m.

NBC:
"Guys With Kids" series premiere (6.3 million, 4.0/7)/ "New Normal" rerun (3.9 million, 2.7/5)
CBS: "CSI" rerun (6.4 million, 4.4/8)
ABC: "Revenge" rerun (2.5 million, 1.8/3)

18-49 leader: "Guys With Kids" (2.2)

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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