September 20, 2012 8:59am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'X Factor' Rises as 'Survivor' Returns Down in Demo, Up in Viewers
Without competition from The Voice, The X Factor saw an uptick in the core adults 18-49 demo and total viewers Wednesday night. The Fox series pulled a 3.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 9.4 million viewers during the course of its two-hour broadcast, increases of 6 and 11 percent, respectively.
CBS premiered the latest cycle of Survivor against the X Factor -- and while the veteran competition series was up in total viewers (11.2 million) year over year, it was down three-tenths of a point from last fall's premiere among adults 18-49, posting a 3.1. Big Brother, ending its summer run in a different time slot, was down four-tenths from its previous finale and posted a 2.5 adults rating. The network averaged a 2.8 rating with 18-49-ers and 9.3 million viewers.
Univision and NBC shared third place in the demo with a 1.5 adults rating for the night. NBC's block of encores -- The Voice, Law & Order: SVU and Revolution -- averaged 4.9 million viewers.
ABC also was in repeats, averaging a 1.1 rating in the demo with 3.6 million viewers during the course of the night.
On The CW, A new episode of Oh Sit!, still immune to reality competition on the bigger broadcast nets, again posted a 0.4 rating with adults 18-49.