The X Factor rose 10% from last week to a rating of 3.5, and easily topped the night in total viewers with 10.15 million at 8pm.
NBC's new comedy lineup started with SNL Weekend Update Thursday, which won a rating of 1.6 (5.15m) at 8pm.
Up All Night's season premiere dropped 46% from last year to 1.3 (3.11m) at 8.30pm.
The Office also dipped 46% from last season's premiere to just 2.1 (4.28m) at 9pm, but won the night in terms of returning NBC comedies.
Parks & Recreation fell 19% from its last premiere to 1.7 (3.50m) at 9.30pm.
Rock Centre With Brian Williams dropped 21% from last week to a new rating of 1.1 (4.09m) at 10pm.
ABC's season finale of Wipeout climbed slightly from last week to 1.2 (3.94m) at 8pm.