The bad news for Fox’s The X Factor just keeps coming this week. On Tuesday, 21st Century Fox COO Chase Carey called the series’ performance this season “disappointing to date,” contributing to the company’s earnings miss. Last night, X Factor suffered a voting malfunction, resulting in all cast votes being tossed and the remaining acts having to perform again tonight. And this morning, the fast nationals showed that last night’s edition of X Factor posted a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49, an all-time low for a regularly scheduled competition episode, down 32% from the show’s last regular episode on October 9. So much for 21st Century Fox brass’ hope that The X Factor could’ve been helped by the exposure it received during the World Series.
The X Factor likely was pushed down by a surging CMA Awards (4.7), which returned to Wednesday after airing on Thursday last year. The CMAs were up 24% from last year and on par with the last Wednesday telecast (4.8), while drawing the music awards show’s biggest audience in four years, 16.6 million. Needless to say, ABC won the night in 18-49 and total viewers.
CBS’ Survivor (2.5) rebounded from facing the deciding game of the World Series, up 9% from last Wednesday. Criminal Minds (2.4) was flat, while CSI (1.7) was down a tenth from last week’s fast national, even with the final, both series tying their series lows. You can set your clocks by Revolution, which clocked in at a 1.4 for a fourth consecutive week. Law & Order: SVU (1.5) was up 7% from the last original two weeks ago. The CW’s Arrow (1.0) also rebounded from having to face the World Series last Wednesday, up 25% and matching or surpassing its season highs in 18-34 and M18-34, while The Tomorrow People matched its 18-49 rating from the past couple of weeks, 0.6, but gained in younger demos, equaling its highest result to date in M18-34.