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

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December 20th, 2012

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
8:30PM ABC The Neighbors -R 1.1 3 4.109
9:00 PM ABC Modern Family -R 1.8 5 5.747
CBS Criminal Minds -R 1.4 4 6.455
9:30PM ABC 20/20: The Year With Katie Couric (9:30-11PM)  1.6 5  5.400
10:00PM NBC Chicago Fire 1.9 5 6.562
CBS CSI -R 1.1 3 5.836


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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  • Christian


    Arrested Development was six years ago. Pretty sure the viewing landscape has changed since.


    Those are dissapointing for X Factor for a final performance ratings. Its in line with their season average. Maybe tonight they can push up but they barely had any competition last night compared to the Voice. It was FIVE MILLION LOWER THEN the Voice. Honestly IMO FOX is giving this show one more chance its like THREE STRIKES YOU ARE OUT. IMO there is only room for 2 singing shows Voice and Idol. Britney Spears proved she was biggest waste of money for the show. Terrible amount of money spent on robotic delivery, she didn’t even try to connect with her panel and said the same three to four words. She had the Steven Tyler diaharrea of the mouth in the worst way. I like the final 3 that are tonight it will be more competitive then the Voice’s Cassadee winning but the Voice is a superior show. IMO Simon deserves this. He phoned in his last Idol year declared Idol dead after he left it, Idol roared on two seasons without him finding two solid winners in Scotty/Phillip and the Voice stole his thunder. IMO how long till we see SIMON BEGGING FOR HIS IDOL JOB BACK. There might not be room if this panel takes off this year which it looks really good.

  • Jay

    Poor Xfactor.

  • Fred

    X Factor rewards the winner a 5 mil contract and Voice on 1 mil.

    Back in the the early 00s when Millionaire ratings where eroding, the producers raised the stakes. Ratings tanked.

    So the winning prize has nothing to do with ratings.

    Leaving all that behind, X Factor displays lots of talent. I like Simon and Britney as judges and Mario as a host. Everyone else should be replaced.

    Expecting some major changes for the third season.

  • stephanie

    xfactor sucks terrible judges bad talent.

  • John A

    Chicago fire does well when CSI isnt new. it be pulling mid 1.s every week otherwise but that would still be ok for NBC to renew it.

  • Fred


    I also like the talent better on X Factor. But have to disagree with you about Britney and Simon. I think they are fine mentors and judges. Yes Simon is cocky and wasn’t the sane his last season of Idol. But he still is a great judge.

    X Factor may not be Idol/Voice huge, but it is currently FOX’s biggest show. Maybe the the 3rd season will work better.

  • Amanda

    A 2.7 would be good for X factor if it wasn’t for the fact that Simon and Britney get so much money! Nobody else on TV that are on shows that get below 3.0 get that much money (or should I say, below 6.0)

  • Fred

    To me Idol is still the best talent show.
    I even liked it with Lopez and Tyler.
    Not sure about the new judges, but will give it chance.

  • richard

    i got behind on chicago fire, but will catch up before it comes back in january. glad its rating are doing relatively decent. who knows? maybe this show will go 4 or 5 seasons? i doubt it but you never know. and I really like the show. but for sure it loks like its getting a second season. so lets take comfort in that.

  • cc

    The Middle, the only network show I watched last night.

    Xfactor will do better tonight? Bawahaha….it’s up against a Big Bang rerun and Charlie Brown.

  • Jon

    don’t understand why people take these ratings so seriously and why all this site gets hundreds of comments lol… These ratings are inaccurate as hell, and they will continue to be until they find a system that works for everyone. Yes, the 25,000 homes with an outdated Nielsen box prefer The Voice over XFactor, so congrats to them. Does that mean the whole country does though? Well if you look at YT views and online media, absolutely not. In terms of Nielsen ratings, yes XFactor is a flop. But in terms of overall popularity and buzz, XF wins by a longshot when it comes to any other show on primetime, maybe except American Idol.

    If you think you can base a population of over 300 million off of 25,000 homes, then just get off the internet.

  • Chris

    Does anybody know why Miss Universe is in December this year? In previous years it was in the summer (last year, it was on September 12). Sure is a lot later than it used to be.


    The thing is Lopez/Tyler years got criticism but they have bragging rights they found two great winners in Scotty/Phillip. Scotty M had a platinum album and his Christmas album is close to gold. Phillip is almost triple platinum with home, his album is at almost 400,000 in a month and going close to gold. This is WITHOUT SIMON COWELL.

    X Factor is a bust cause its just dont a great show. It never recaptured the charm or what made the UK version great. That happens a show very successful somewhere else doesn’t always translate. I expect big changes I think wipe the whole panel clean next season. Keep Simon/Mario thats it. Honestly please get rid of Khloe Kardashian she is the rudest worst host ever. She reminds me of Melissa Rivers circa her E Days. Remember when Ms Rivers would shove the microphone up people’s faces, almost grab peoples arms, ask the dumbest questions and get right in your face. Shes just awful. I think they should make the X Factor a summer show and produce it on a grassroots level ala Idol first season. Make it much cheaper and more stripped down raw in summer. Plus it wouldn’t have any interuptions from baseball. Could anyone see X Factor as a SUMMER SHOW?

  • Raymond

    @ Fred,

    JONNYSBRO didn’t say the talent was better on XFactor, he only said the top 3 were harder to predict because apparently Tate is in the lead even though Carly Rose gets a lot more media attention. Cassadee to win was easy to predict because she had 4 number 1 songs on Itunes leading up to the final.

    I can’t take people seriously when they say the talent on XFactor is better when Emblem 3 made it to the semi’s and Cece went as far as she did.

  • CenterGravity

    Wow! Chicago Fire is on fire! Otherwise, a pretty boring night of broadcast TV. Even The X-Factor unable to really capitalize against repeats and unspecial specials.

  • Jon

    @JonnysBro I actually agree with your last comment.
    I love US XFactor but it’s honestly not as good as UK version. I love Britney and I even watched last year without her because I still think it’s a better show than The Voice because it’s just more exciting for me… But the production is terrible. It all seems too rushed. Literally all Simon had to do was copy and paste the UK version here and it would be perfect IMO

  • hahaha

    X Factor is a huge hit in Latinoamerica and All the Wolrd.
    Plus X Factor have the best Fan Base.
    This is why x factor continue on TV, no because the ratings.


    Use to be a big fan of Storage Wars but it became stale and boring so I stopped, and the scandle just makes me hate the show even more

  • Jon

    And also the final 3 for XFactor…honestly anyone could win, which adds more excitement and suspense to the show… Simon is REALLY pushing for his girls to win…

    On the voice, it was obvious that one chick was gonna win, so it wasn’t nearly as exciting. No shade to the voice. And XFactor has already created huge fanbases for E3, Fifth Harmony, Cece, and Carly.

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