Ratings: X Factor Rises, Survivor Returns Down But Outdraws Simon & Co.

Fox’s The X Factor, after having to split the singing show vote with NBC’s The Voice last week, this Wednesday enjoyed an uptick, drawing 9.4 million total viewers and a 3.4 rating, marking gains of 8 percent and a tenth of a point.

While X Factor led the night in the coveted 18-49 demo, it was the season premiere of Survivor: Philippines that drew the biggest crowd with 11.2 million total viewers — a 7 percent bump from last September and the long-running series’ best premiere audience in two years.

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That said, Survivor was down two tenths in the demo (to 3.1) versus its year-ago opener, hitting an all-time low for a fall premiere.

Leading out of Survivor‘s 90-minute launch, the Big Brother finale did 7.4 mil and a 2.5, down 9 and 19 percent year over year and hitting a summer finale low.

Elsewhere, an encore of NBC’s Revolution added 4.5 million viewers to the adventure-drama’s premiere-week haul.

COMING NEXT WEDNESDAY: The season premieres of ABC’s The Middle, Modern Family and The Neighbors (new), CBS’ Criminal Minds and CSI and NBC’s Law & Order: SVU, plus the time slot premieres of NBC noobs Animal Practice and Guys With Kids.

Comments (9)

  • Survivor wasn’t bad,but I still lost interest in it to Xfactor.However Downton Abbey season premiere online was good :p

    Comment by Shaun – September 20, 2012 08:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So sad that the crazy mofo Zane is gone. I knew that mad genius would either get booted first or win the whole damn thing. Lol

    Comment by Tikkanen – September 20, 2012 09:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think the X Factor will decline as the season goes on, and Survivor will stay at its level (or potentially rise).

    Comment by Goose – September 20, 2012 09:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No way is Mike not going end up teaming with Lisa. The edit just screams like a setup.

    Comment by Paul8148 – September 20, 2012 09:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Skupin teaming up with Blair…I mean Lisa…would be awesome. I’m hoping that LIsa’s tears in next week’s preview are a red herring and that she sticks around for a while. I’ve never been a huge fan of Lisa’s (and I didn’t watch much of “Facts of Life”) but I like her as a contestant on Survivor.

      Comment by dan – September 20, 2012 09:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Headline should be that Survivor, in its 24th season, generated higher ratings in total viewers than Simon Cowell’s X-Factor! The headline makes it look as if Survivor is struggling, when it actually was the highest rated premiere episode for the franchise over the last two years (total viewers). Give Probst and company some credit! And by the way, the premiere was great and it looks like this should be a good season (although I was kind of hoping that crazy Zane would stick around for the comedy element).

    Comment by dan – September 20, 2012 09:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • SURIVOR has always beaten X FACTOR in total viewers. But yes, as seen in the headline directly above, it still continues to do so, even with the Season 25 premiere. Which is nice.

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – September 20, 2012 10:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Really, I think the better point is that ‘survivor returns down’ makes you expect its had a downtick in overall viewers and the rating, whereas its a mixed bag.

        Comment by ben – September 20, 2012 12:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Not sure how X-Factor could beat anything. It’s American Idol rehash, and not nearly as entertaining as The Voice. Survivor may have its best season since Heroes vs Villains. It is starting out that good…even better than Boston Rob’s “How to Win Suvivor” season.

    Comment by Robert Johnson – September 28, 2012 08:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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