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TV Ratings Wednesday: 'X Factor' Performance Finale Flat, 'Chicago Fire' Rises + 'Miss Universe' Up From Last Year

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December 20th, 2012

Scoreboard FOX NBC ABC UNI CBS CW
Adults 18-49: rating/Share 2.7/8 1.8/5 1.5/4 1.5/4 1.1/3 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.5/8 1.5/5 1.0/3 1.4/5 0.7/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 8.297 6.270 5.240 3.603 5.762 1.618


FOX was the number one network in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On CBS, A Home for the Holidays With Rascal Flatts earned a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, The X Factor was even with last week's 2.7 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, 20/20: The Year With Katie Couric scored a 1.6, up a tenth from last year's special, which earned a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, The 2012 Miss Universe Competition earned a 1.8, up two tenths from last year's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Chicago Fire garnered a 1.9, up half a ratings point from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

 

Analysis coming soon

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, December 19, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX The X Factor (8-10 PM) 2.7 8 8.297
NBC 2012 Miss Universe Competition (8-10PM) 1.8 5 6.123
ABC The Middle -R 1.4 4 5.385
CBS A Home for the Holidays With Rascal Flatts 0.9 3 4.996
CW Noel -R (8-10PM) 0.3 1 1.618
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8:30PM ABC The Neighbors -R 1.1 3 4.109
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9:00 PM ABC Modern Family -R 1.8 5 5.747
CBS Criminal Minds -R 1.4 4 6.455
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9:30PM ABC 20/20: The Year With Katie Couric (9:30-11PM)  1.6 5  5.400
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10:00PM NBC Chicago Fire 1.9 5 6.562
CBS CSI -R 1.1 3 5.836

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via press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

 

* In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.9/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.5/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.2/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/4 with an encore.

 

* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: > "> The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,> "> 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 1.1/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with an encore.

 

* At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.6/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

 

* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

 

NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.
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  • were123

    Surprised that Chicago Fire did that well, glad for the fans

  • Mi

    Lol at XFactor..

  • Dillan

    Not that great for X Factor. Tonight should get a 3.0 though.

  • rob60990

    The X Factor did horrible considering the very weak competition and it is the finals. Will the finale even crack a 3.0?

    ABC Wednesday comedy reruns doing better than those flop Tuesday comedies.

    Chicago Fire did alright, though it was against minimal competition. I think it’s safe to start watching it. Maybe I’ll catch up over the holidays if there’s a way I can.

  • Brian

    Go Chicago Fire!

  • forg

    The Middle repeated well

    so-so for Miss Universe considering it was held in the USA and Miss USA won (Go Miss Philippines!)

  • Bobby

    Thank God for Chicago Fire. I was dreading this all morning so to see it jump back up means I can breathe again. Great episode last night!

  • danny94

    Chicago Fire ratings are very erratic

  • Billy

    Britney Spears has been one big fat bust for The X Factor.

  • Robot

    hahaha @ the X-factor not getting a bump even for the finals and with weaker competition than usual. Pathetic.

  • Justin

    I cant wait until x factor is over and Britney can leave and go on to making #1 albums and singles again!

  • Oliver

    Chicago Fire does well when there isn’t original competition from CSI. I also guess its lead-in seems misleadingly low (because the final half-hour probably got much higher ratings than its average).

    X Factor still middling.

    Modern Family repeats do okay. The Neighbors repeats relatively well considering how its originals do.

  • Tony ^_^

    FOX has to be disappointed with “The X-Factor” finale ratings especially with NO competition… :o

    Maybe tonight’s finale can rise?

  • Leondre

    Chicago Fire’s ratings are all over the place.

  • peter

    Even though CF goes well only when CSI is in repeat mode it can still be considered a hit for NBC

  • Kaylo

    hahahahahahahhaha! Flop Factor. Arrested Development was cancelled for similar ratings. Dear T.V Gods, we’ll sacrifice Flop Factor if you bring back Arrested Development.

  • ABC hater

    Chicago Fire! :D

  • Christian

    Heh, (more) heads will roll again after this season of The X-Factor

  • SJ

    Chicago Fire just might make it after all. Who knew…

    Wow, The X Factor is a bust. These are the ratings DWTS gets almost a decade into its run. I don’t think TXF will live to see a fourth cycle.

  • Grey

    What a dead night of TV.

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