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The X Factor: 2011-12 TV Season Ratings

X Factor ratingsJudges Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Paula Abdul, and L.A. Reid are on the hunt for the top solo singer or singing group in the country. Steve Jones is the reality series host. The first season of The X Factor typically airs Wednesday and Thursday nights at 8pm on the FOX network.

Here are the TV show’s ratings for the 2011-12 season, the best way to tell if The X Factor is going to be cancelled or renewed for season two. These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page:

Final Wednesday season averages: 3.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 10.85 million total viewers.
Final Thursday season averages: 3.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 11.06 million total viewers.

Thursday, 12/22/11 (season finale)
3.8 in the demo (+31% week-to-week change) with 12.59 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 3.52 in the demo with 11.06 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 4 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Wednesday, 12/21/11 (season finale)
3.3 in the demo (-3% week-to-week change) with 11.23 million; first in the timeslot.
Wednesdays average: 3.71 in the demo with 10.85 million.
Demo average rank: #1 of 4 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Thursday, 12/15/11
2.9 in the demo (0% week-to-week change) with 9.87 million; first in the timeslot.
Thursdays average: 3.49 in the demo with 10.91 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 4 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Wednesday, 12/14/11
3.4 in the demo (0% week-to-week change) with 10.79 million; first at 8pm, second at 9:30pm.
Wednesdays average: 3.74 in the demo with 10.82 million.
Demo average rank: #1 of 4 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Thursday, 12/08/11
2.9 in the demo (-7% week-to-week change) with 9.84 million; second in the timeslot.
Thursdays average: 3.56 in the demo with 11.18 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 4 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Wednesday, 12/07/11
3.4 in the demo (-8% week-to-week change) with 10.70 million; first place at 8pm, tied for second at 9pm.
Wednesdays average: 3.76 in the demo with 10.82 million.
Demo average rank: #1 of 4 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Thursday, 12/01/11
3.1 in the demo (0% week-to-week change) with 10.34 million; first in the timeslot.
Thursdays average: 3.64 in the demo with 11.18 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 4 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Wednesday, 11/30/11
3.7 in the demo (+42% week-to-week change) with 11.05 million; first in the timeslot.
Wednesdays average: 3.79 in the demo with 10.83 million.
Demo average rank: #1 of 4 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Wednesday, 11/23/11
2.6 in the demo (-19% week-to-week change) with 8.6 million; first place at 8pm, second at 9pm, tied for first at 9:30pm.
Wednesdays average: 3.80 in the demo with 10.81 million.
Demo average rank: #1 of 4 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Tuesday, 11/22/11
3.2 in the demo (-18% week-to-week change) with 9.43 million; second in the timeslot.
Wednesdays average: 3.92 in the demo with 11.03 million.
Demo average rank: #1 of 4 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Thursday, 11/17/11
3.1 in the demo (-6% week-to-week change) with 9.5 million; second in the timeslot.
Thursdays average: 3.71 in the demo with 11.3 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 4 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Wednesday, 11/16/11
3.9 in the demo (+3% week-to-week change) with 11.31 million; first in the timeslot except second at 9pm.
Wednesdays average: 4.00 in the demo with 11.21 million.
Demo average rank: #1 of 4 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Thursday, 11/10/11
3.3 in the demo (-11% week-to-week change) with 10.13 million; second in the timeslot.
Thursdays average: 3.82 in the demo with 11.56 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 4 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Wednesday, 11/09/11
3.8 in the demo (-5% week-to-week change) with 10.25 million; second in the timeslot.
Wednesdays average: 4.01 in the demo with 11.20 million.
Demo average rank: #1 of 4 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Thursday, 11/03/11
3.7 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 11.3 million; second place at 8pm, tied for first at 8:30pm.
Thursdays average: 3.92 in the demo with 11.85 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 4 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Wednesday, 11/02/11
4.0 in the demo (-9% episode-to-episode change) with 11.76 million; first in the timeslot except second for 9-9:30pm.
Wednesdays average: 4.04 in the demo with 11.34 million.
Demo average rank: #1 of 4 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Tuesday, 10/25/11
4.4 in the demo (+13% week-to-week change) with 12.09 million; first in the timeslot.
Wednesdays average: 4.0 in the demo with 11.27 million.
Demo average rank: #1 of 4 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012); tied with Thursday X Factor episodes.

Tuesday, 10/18/11
3.9 in the demo (+15% episode-to-episode change) with 10.39 million; second in the timeslot.
Wednesdays average: 4.0 in the demo with 11.1 million.
Demo average rank: #1 of 4 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012); tied with Thursday X Factor episodes.

Sunday, 10/16/11
3.4 in the demo (-17% episode-to-episode change) with 8.84 million; second in the timeslot (behind NBC football).
Wednesdays average: 4.0 in the demo with 11.28 million.
Demo average rank: #1 of 4 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012); tied with Thursday X Factor episodes.

Thursday, 10/13/11
3.7 in the demo (-8% week-to-week change) with 11.24 million; second in the 8pm timeslot, first place at 9pm.
Thursdays average: 4.0 in the demo with 11.9 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 4 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Thursday, 10/6/11
4.0 in the demo (+3% week-to-week change) with 11.67 million; second in the timeslot at 8pm, first from 8:30-10pm.
Thursdays average: 4.1 in the demo with 12.12 million.
Demo average rank: #2 of 4 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Wednesday, 10/5/11
4.1 in the demo (0% week-to-week change) with 11.93 million; first in the timeslot.
Wednesdays average: 4.2 in the demo with 12.09 million.
Demo average rank: #1 of 4 non-scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Thursday, 9/29/11
This installment came down 9% when compared to last Thursday’s episode with a 3.9 rating with 12.17 million viewers. That’s nothing to sneeze at but hardly a serious second week decline. Cowell and company were in second place at 8pm (opposite Big Bang) and in first at 9pm.
Thursdays average: 4.1 demo and 12.34 million.

Wednesday, 9/28/11
The reality series was down by 7% when compared to last week’s episode and garnered a 4.1 rating with 11.86 million. With the exception of Modern Family at 9pm, X Factor won the three other half-hour timeslots.
Wednesdays average: 4.3 demo and 12.18 million.

Thursday, 9/22/11
Opposite stiffer competition, X Factor held its numbers with a 4.3 in the demo and 12.51 million viewers. It ranked in second place at 8pm (after Big Bang Theory) and in first place at 9pm. Year-to-year, compared to the season debut of Bones, the network was up 41% once again in the demo.

Wednesday, 9/21/11
If FOX was hoping for the next American Idol monster hit, they were surely disappointed. However, the series premiere certainly brought solid numbers. The two hour episode registered a 4.4 in the demo with 12.49 million viewers. It won its timeslot at 8pm but was beaten by Modern Family at 9pm. Year-to-year, FOX was up by 41% in the demo (over Hell’s Kitchen) so that’s certainly very positive.


Note: These ratings are collected by the Nielsen company and are the final national numbers. These are different from the fast affiliate numbers which are just estimates of the actual ratings and are reported on by most other outlets. The final nationals are typically released within 24 hours of the programming or, in the case of weekends and holidays, a couple days later.

What do you think? Do you like The X Factor TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a second season?

 

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ArmyGuyDan February 3, 2012 at 2:44 am

I agree with Kris, this crap is so fake and annoying, a lot of my favorite shows were cancelled over the years only to be replaced by this drek

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Kris October 30, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Shows like this need to go away for good. The only purpose these “reality” shows serve is to dumb down its viewers, and there are enough of them out there without adding more to the stupid pool.

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Laurel October 23, 2011 at 10:02 am

I have missed alot of the episodes due to Rogers search and record features. I am sure this has hurt the ratings. The search was supposed to record the x factor yet it recorded a different show. I would love the show to continue. I love the idea of mentorship. I do not know if the 5 million prize was a bit high yet you have to look at what he judges are demanding and in there world I gues it is a random number.

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Craig October 14, 2011 at 12:28 pm

The only thing that would cause it to be cancelled is the cost of the show. $5,000,000 prize plus the costs of Simon and Paula would be the only reason the show does not continue.

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Anna October 2, 2011 at 11:32 am

Love this show! I love that it has ages 12 and over, older people can audition. Even better it has groups! I can’t wait to see what’s up next week! Viewers need to give this show a chance! It’s NOT American Idol!

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Ann October 2, 2011 at 3:22 am

I love this show. It’s so much better than American Idol. It’s fresh, it’s big and we have Simon and Paula. I love the talent, seems we have quite a handful of great ones. I’m thoroughly enjoying it. X Factor better come back for the next season, cause it’s awesome.

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Terry Fickus October 1, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I enjoyed the new show X factor. I will continue to watch what Simom has to say. I tune it to see what his comments are ,whether I agree with him or not. Suprisingly I also enjoy L.A.Reid, seems like he’s gonna be Simon’s opponent it this show. Love that.

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Georgia October 1, 2011 at 12:56 pm

This show should be given a chance, however I do record it on my DVR and watch later, as it’s against too mnay other good shows. Again, get rid of the Nielsen Family Rating system!

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Savannah October 1, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Definitely renew it. This show is amazing! There’s an amazing chemistry between the judges, and I think it’s time for something different for a change. No more karaoke singers that hardly become famous if they win American Idol – the winner of this competition is definitely going to be a hit. Chris Rene already has 3.5 million views on YouTube!

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Susie October 1, 2011 at 10:38 am

I love this show and I think and hope it will get renewed.

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Anna September 30, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Love this show! I understand people think it’s like American Idol and The Voice, but it’s not. It’s more entertaining than Idol and The Voice stole the mentoring process from X Factor. X Factor started mentoring way before The Voice did. It’s gets better, give it a chance.

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