FOX continued to see consistent numbers in the second week of "The X Factor
," as the singing competition helped the network secure its second consecutive Thursday win among young viewers. Meanwhile, it was "The Big Bang Theory
" and "The Mentalist
" leading CBS to yet another overall win.
In other ratings highlights, a slew of new shows took second week drops, with NBC's "Prime Suspect
" and possibly ABC's "Charlie's Angels" inching closer to cancelation and CBS' "How To Be a Gentleman" dropping a hefty percentage of its lead-in for its premiere.
Among those bucking the downward trend were NBC's 8 p.m. comedies and The CW's "The Vampire Diaries
On to numbers...
Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 3.8 rating, comfortably beating the 3.0 rating for CBS in the key demographic. ABC's 2.6 rating was third, followed by NBC's 2.1 rating. The CW averaged a 1.1 rating for the night.
Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 12.29 million viewers in primetime along with a 7.6 rating/12 share, beating FOX's 6.9/11 and 11.92 million viewers. ABC was third with a 5.6/9 and 8.35 million viewers, comfortably ahead of NBC's 3.4/5 and 5.25 million viewers. The CW averaged a 1.5/2 and nearly 2.4 million viewers.
[Univision averaged 3.8 million viewers and a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 for the night.]
8 p.m. -
CBS started primetime in first both overall and among adults 18-49 with "The Big Bang Theory" (14.545 million viewers and a 4.8 key demo rating) and the premiere of "How To Be a Gentleman" (8.96 million viewers and a 2.7 key demo rating). FOX's "The X Factor" recovered from a slow opening half-hour against "Big Bang" to average 11.27 million viewers and a 3.5 key demo rating for second (easily winning the 8:30 half-hour overall and in the demo). ABC's "Charlie's Angels" dropped to 7.15 million viewers and a 1.5 key demo rating, third overall and fourth in the demo. NBC's "Community
" (4.045 million and a 1.8 demo rating) and "Parks and Recreation
" (4.36 million viewers and a 2.1 key demo rating) were both up a hair. The CW's "The Vampire Diaries" was also up with 2.7 million viewers and a 1.3 key demo rating. [Adding to the "Charlie's Angels" pain, The CW notes that "The Vampire Diaries" topped ABC among viewers 18-34 and women 18-34.]
9 p.m. -
FOX moved into first for the 9 p.m. hour with 12.57 million viewers and a 4.2 key demo rating for "The X Factor." CBS' "Person of Interest
" was second overall with 12.42 million viewers and fourth in the key demo with a 2.7 rating, though neither drop from premiere week was extreme. ABC's "Grey's Anatomy
" was third overall with 10.02 million viewers and second in the key demo with a 3.5 rating. NBC's "The Office
" (6.6 million and a 3.4 key demo) and "Whitney
" (5.37 million and a 2.5 key demo) were both down from last week, with "Whitney" posting bigger percentage drops. The CW's "The Secret Circle
" averaged 2.095 million viewers and a 0.9 key demo rating, steady from last week.
10 p.m. - "The Mentalist" won the 10 p.m. hour overall for CBS averaging 12.71 million viewers, but finishing second with a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's "Private Practice" premiered to 7.89 million viewers and a 2.8 key demo rating. That left NBC's "Prime Suspect" in third with 5.5 million viewers and a 1.5 key demo rating, a drop from last week, but not a huge drop (and still better than "The Playboy Club," "Free Agents" and a couple other cancelation candidates).
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.