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'The X Factor' Bested by 'The Big Bang Theory' in Ratings

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 23rd 2011 12:30PM
The Big Bang Theory Beats The X FactorFox's 'The X Factor' dipped in its second night, but not by much.

The new singing competition was watched by 12.5 million viewers with a 4.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic on Thursday. Comparatively, the Sept. 21 premiere was watched by 12.5 million viewers for a 4.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic.

'The X Factor' was bested by CBS's 'The Big Bang Theory' premiere, which drew 14.4 million viewers for a 4.9 rating. The new entry on CBS's Thursday nights, 'Person of Interest,' was watched by 13.2 million with a 3.1 rating.

As for the other big debut of the night, ABC's 'Charlie's Angels' reboot was seen by 8.7 million viewers (a 2.1 18-49 rating). It's not a very big number, but better than 'My Generation' did last year. The two-hour premiere of 'Grey's Anatomy' had 10.3 million viewers with a 4.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic.

NBC's buzzed-about 'Prime Suspect' reboot was watched by 6 million viewers (1.8 18-49 rating). According to EW, it's now NBC's lowest-rated Thursday fall premiere ever. 'Community' had about 4 million viewers with a 1.7 rating, down 23 percent compared to last year. 'Parks and Recreation' was down 38 percent from last year, opening to 4.1 million viewers in its new timeslot. 'The Office' without Steve Carell was watched by 7.6 million viewers, down only 11 percent, and the final installment of NBC's comedy lineup, 'Whitney,' had 6.7 million viewers.

It's important to remember, last season's dud 'Outsourced' also had the post-'Office' timeslot and its season premiere was watched by 7.4 million people.

Over on The CW, 'The Vampire Diaries' grabbed 2.5 million viewers (a 1.2 rating) and 'Secret Circle' held on to a good chunk of that audience with 2.1 million viewers and a 0.9 rating.

Tell us: What did you watch last night?

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I was happily surprised that Prime Suspect was better than I thought it could be, who would have guessed. After Big Bang there wasn't anything, so I decided to check it out, glad I did. I hope they keep the writing up, if they go into the bad guy stuff like L&O then they will have nothing. Keep it about a strong but troubled female cop in a mans world and they have something, but will people watch?

September 24 2011 at 6:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dexter Morgan

We all know that every attention span challenged lightweight viewer flocks in droves to those gawdawful and lame laff track CBS s*itcoms..... People so clued out...thay have to be prompted when to laugh....

That said, Any and all audition phase singing shows are UNWATCHABLE !!!!.....

You gotta be beyond LAME to think watching a train wreck is entertainment.

September 24 2011 at 1:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

XFactor is kind of boring. Each person takes up to 15 minutes. And I don't see why this show is more interesting than others. The trash truck rapper was really interesting but the others just seem mediocre. I thought the Voice show was a suprise. Has Paula never seen a penis? Over-reaction?

September 24 2011 at 10:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I watched Big Bang Theory, then I fell asleep during Person of Interest. Even though I love American Idol, I don't have any interest in watching the X Factor. How many of these kinds of shows can one watch?

September 23 2011 at 3:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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