Wednesday, September 19, 2011: Last night, the season premiere of Survivor was in second place but was down by 9% when compared to last fall’s debut. Big Brother’s season finale was also down year-to-year. The X Factor was up from a week ago and dominated the night but is still way down when compared to last year. Oh Sit! on The CW was on par with last week’s.
On FOX, the two hour installment of The X Factor registered a 3.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 9.38 million viewers. It was up by 3% compared to last Wednesday. It had the highest demo but was second in total viewers (behind Survivor).
On CBS, the 90-minute season premiere of Survivor: Philippines drew a 3.1 demo rating with 11.22 million viewers. Compared to last season’s starter, it was down by 9% in the demo. That was followed by the Big Brother finale with a 2.5 rating and 7.42 million. It was also down comparatively, by 14%.
On NBC, it was a night of repeats with The Voice (1.7 rating and 5.42 million), Law & Order: SVU (1.2 in the demo with 4.74 million), and repeat of Revolution (1.2 rating and 4.47 million).
On ABC, we also had three hours of reruns. The Middle (1.1 demo and 4.48 million) and Suburgatory (1.0 demo and 3.54 million) filled the 8pm hour. They were followed by Modern Family (1.6 rating and 4.68 million) and another Suburgatory rerun (1.2 in the demo with 3.58 million) at 9pm. The night was finished by Revenge which garnered a 0.7 rating and 2.79 million viewers.
And finally, The CW filled the night with an original episode of Oh Sit! (0.4 in the demo with 0.97 million) and a Supernatural rerun that registered a 0.3 demo rating and 0.94 million viewers.
What do you think? Are you surprised that The X Factor, Survivor and Big Brother were all down compared to last year or is that just the way network TV is going? What were you watching last night?