On one of the most competitive nights since the fall season began, Fox edged out CBS and ABC based on the first live performance of “The X-Factor.”
However, “The X-Factor” was only the fourth-highest rated show of the evening (2.7 rating/8 share in the 18-49 demo, 7.6 million viewers when including a seven-minute overrun). The musical competition series was off the air last week due to the World Series and was the victim of an extended rain delay in the baseball league championship playoff game a week before that.
Although Fox won the night, what’s most interesting is that “X-Factor” won none of the half-hour timeslots in the demo from 8-10 p.m., though it did build on each one.
Fox, as is often the case, was helped by the fact that it airs no national programming from 10-11 p.m., an hour where the other broadcasters’ nightly average, except for CW, which also doesn’t air at that time, are often pulled down with lower ratings.
In a nod to nostalgia, ABC’s annual Halloween special “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (2.7/9, 7.9m) was best at 8 o’clock. Alphabet saw a big drop-off at 8:30 with “The Neighbors” (1.8/6, 5.7m), however.
At 9 p.m., “Modern Family” proved to be top show of the night (4.1/12, 10.4m), but it was a significant drop-off from the previous week when it earned a 4.9/13, 12/5m.
As a matter of fact, everything was down from last week for ABC, including “Suburgatory” (2.4/7, 6.3m) and 10 p.m. drama “Nashville” (1.8/5, 5.7m), which dipped below a 2.0 for the first time since its Oct. 10 debut.
CBS, which was Wednesday’s most-watched network, offered “Survivor” (2.4/8, 9.8m), “Criminal Minds” (2.9/8, 11.9m) and “CSI” (2.3/7, 10.8m). All three were down from a week ago.
NBC moved “30 Rock” to Wednesday and the Tina Fey laffer had a tough time gaining traction at 8 o’clock on its new night, registering only a 1.2/4, 3.5m. There was a slight uptick for lead-out “Guys With Kids” (1.4/4, 3.8m).
Venerable drama “Law & Order: SVU” (1.7/5, 6.2m) was slightly off from last week, as was Dick Wolf’s other NBC offering, 10 p.m. entry “Chicago Fire” (1.5/4, 5.4m).
Over at the CW, “Arrow” (1.0/3, 3.3m) was off a tad from last week, as was “Supernatural” (0.9/3, 2.1m), though the latter did move up in total viewers.
The decrease of some demos and total viewers can be attributed to the continue power outages from Hurricane Sandy and kids and their parents going trick-or-treating, though that would seem less likely in the 10 o’clock hour for the latter case.
Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 2.6/8; CBS, 2.5/8; ABC, 2.4/7; NBC, 1.5/8; Univision, 1.4/4; CW, 1.0/3.
In total viewers: CBS, 10.8 million; Fox, 7.3 million; ABC, 7 million; NBC, 5.1 million; Univision, 3.4 million; CW, 2.7 million.