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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  • Fred


    I completely agree. X Factor is more exciting to watch. I admit its an overproduced mess but its still fun.
    And I was very impressed with the talent this season. Its just a matter of taste.

  • Justin

    @Jon. I agree with you on this entire statement. it’s completely true. So ill re post it. But let me be clear I hate the.voice and x factor both! but I always hear about x I agree factor compared to the voice.
    But yea I hate them both. I agree with this statement tho:

    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.

  • p9aa

    Zero interesting stuff.

  • TVDude

    Wow, Chicago Fire did pretty good. I know competition was low, but a rating is a rating. Plenty of shows have aired with low competition and still done poorly. A 1.9’s nothing to go crazy about, but it’s a lot better than the 1.4.

  • OMG

    I heard Chicago Fire is good, but I just cannot imagine myself liking a show where the firemen save the day every episode, and then develop feelings for one another. Can anyone enlighten me on this? Is Chicago Fire just a “procedural” done well, or something a lot more groundbreaking?

    Another reason for me not watching Chicago Fire are its erratic ratings. If it does high 1s in the fall, it will fall to mid 1s in the spring and become a bubble show. If it does 1.4s now, then it will be pulling in low 1s in the spring!

  • Party2nite

    Xfactor.. just say it folks.. it’s a bomb. What in the hell did they paid Britney 15 million for? the show did worse than when paula and Pussycat doll girl were judges. If Britney could not save Xfactor, nothing will..

  • Raymond

    @ Jon, why so pressed? :D

    Are you aware that XFactor are doing good in social media because they’ve acquired both Britney and Demi Lovato? This has little to do with the actual show and more to do with the following those 2 have and add Khloe Kardashian as well. They don’t care as much about the show as they do about their Idols, no pun intended.

    And “by a long shot” is a straight up lie considering The Voice is doing just as good on Twitter. They might even do better if the Spanish laguage (Mexico, Spain, Argentina etc) shows didn’t use the hashtag LaVoz.

    Are you also aware that social media ratings can be skewed? There are companies that offer services (ghost accounts by the millions) to boast online traffic. Do you really think there are over 30 million different people following Gaga on Twitter?

  • Justin

    They paid her that because shes Britney spears. Shes an icon. And is still relevant in music today. And they figured the ratings would improve. But in reality nothing was going to help x factor.

  • jay

    Wow XFloptor. That’s terrible. No comp and you only get 2.7 on performance finale? Ugh. I’m rooting for the show but it keeps dissapointing me. They should’ve kept Vino on.

  • swalker


    I don’t think copying and pasting UK’s version here would do the show any favors.

    The show (ratings wise) needs to be tweaked a lot more for the American audience. Apparently they made it even more over the top.

  • Raymond

    @ hahaha

    La Voz is doing a lot better in Latino America drawing record audiences and trending more than both the American The Voice and X Factor. That’s the main reason why they made Shakira a coach on the American show.

  • Leon

    Think it should be mentioned that last year X Factor was over 11 million and 3.5+ for finale night! Paula and Nicole weren’t the problem FOX! Exactly what ya get!

  • myomy

    No celebrity judge will help the X-factor with ratings because it’s just rubbish. Judges interactions are obviously scripted, the show is way over produced and over the top dramatic with weak ‘talent’. The numbers speak for themselves.

  • Fred

    UK X Factor winner One Direction performs on X Factor tonight. Perhaps the youth will tune in and get X Factor a higher young demo rating.

  • tv log

    Can we have agree The Voice is copy of X Factor! Simon made mistake in production of his audition! Mario and Khole should have had done voice over with profile performer! Anthology X Factor lost the groove! Last season, Old host of X Factor USA was in contestants’ face! In Season 2, Simon was mad with The Voice USA came on three nights! He knew he and his producers didn’t produced better edited show’s auditions like last season! This reason I couldn’t follow the show! No Mario! no follow from me! I was lost! No votes from me!

  • Jon

    @Raymond of course she doesnt have 30 million followers lmao. But still, my point is that you really can’t base popularity of ANY show based off of 25,000 homes when there’s a population of over 300 million. It really makes no sense. That’s why I don’t care for these ratings much. I just enjoy the show. I know that’s what Fox, Nbc, etc look at to make money so I see why they would be disappointed. But XFactor should know that there a lot of supports to the show who watch because they genuinely like it.

    I hope one day they find a new ratings system that could work for anyone and any network.

    Anyways I hope Britney and Simon come back. Even though Britney is quiet as hell, she’s a great mentor and mentoring is more important than judging when it comes to the live shows. I wonder who’s gonna replace LA. And plus I don’t want her next album coming out next year to underperform like her last one lmao so I want her to do XF again and promote the album and release it in December and perform.


  • Fred

    Rihanna was offered a number she may not refuse to judge X Factor next season.

  • Max

    CHICAGO FIRE truly has no legs to stand on without a combo of the SVUlead-in and CSI being off. With CSI on, it reaches SVU levels which cannot be good for NBC considering how old SUV is and how young CHICAGO FIRE is.

    I think this show is going to be axed come spring.

  • Raymond

    @ Fred, they didn’t win someone else did. The UK audience didn’t think they were that talented and voted less for them during the show. They became succesful later mainly because of their looks and because certain teens have moved on from Bieber just like they did with the Jonas Brothers.

    1D were on twice before on XFactor this year. They also had Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Nick Jonas, Kesha, Bruno Mars and Alicia Keys this year and neither helped much in terms of ratings.

  • Fred


    I also hate it when people trash Britney. No she’s not the greatest vocalist. But she has good ear for melody and chooses songs that work for her. She was an amazing mentor for her girls this season. I think Simon will bring her back. Demi, probably not.
    I can’t say the same for Xtina. Yes she has a fantastic voice, but her songs aren’t as good. I really didn’t enjoy her as a judge or mentor on The Voice. But again, I think her voice is one of the best in the world.

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