The second night of The X Factor‘s Season 3 premiere on Thursday drew 6.8 million total viewers and a 2.2 demo rating — up 10 percent and a tenth from Wednesday’s fast nationals.
Versus Season 2’s Night 2, X Factor was off 18 and 29 percent.
If Big Brother‘s NFL preemption-inflated numbers hold any — per preliminary data, CBS is eying 7.5 mil and a 2.6 — it will again top X Factor in head-to-head competition.
Over on NBC, Night 4 of Ryan Seacrest’s Million Second Quiz drew 4.2 mil and a 1.1, down 19 percent and two tenths from Wednesday and now off a full 35 percent from the show’s launch.
Rookie Blue‘s season finale copped 5.7 million viewers and a 1.4, up 40 percent week-to-week and hitting a season-high-demo rating pending any adjustments due to NFL preemptions. (The procedural’s year-ago finale did 5.1 mil/1.2.)
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A Big Bang Theory repeat reaped the night’s biggest audience, with 8.5 million viewers.
Any cable finale highlights, as always, will come in much later and be reported under separate cover. UPDATE: Here!