Ratings: ‘Big Brother 14’ finale down vs. 2011; ‘X Factor’ up

While ABC and NBC opted to sit Wednesday night out in order to wait for a little less crazy competition next week, CBS and Fox both put some big nights of new programming on TV. So did it work? It’s all really about perspective.

First and foremost, we turn to the “Big Brother 14” finale, which did raise its game enough to draw a 2.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic for what may have in many ways been its best season-ender in several years. This is up from many of the recent shows, but it does also mark a drop from the 2.9 rating the show drew for its less-exciting season 13 finale.

Survivor: Philippines” was the lead-in for the “Big Brother” premiere, and it kept its ratings solid with a 3.1 rating. This is equal to how “Survivor: One World” scored earlier this year, but down versus the “Survivor: South Pacific” premiere from one year ago. We do think that this has the makings of a great season, though, and this could end up helping the show rise in subsequent weeks.

Finally, let’s turn to what Fox did with “The X Factor.” The 3.5 rating the show drew was strong enough to lead the night, but it’s still hard to argue that this was anything other than a disappointment given what we really were expecting from the show before this season started. Britney Spears¬†apparently¬†not equal amazing ratings, so we have at least figured that much out. Maybe the show will rise for the live rounds, but we’re doubtful with the competition coming up.

What did you watch Wednesday night? If you want to take a look back at whether or not Ian Terry is one of the best “Big Brother” winners ever, all you have to do is check out the story here.

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