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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  • Raymond

    @ Fred, concerning Rihanna..

    Kind of impossible considering they will have to lower production costs. LA left for this very same reason and Britney might jump ship as well because they can’t pay her as much.

  • Fred


    Idol used to showcase legends like Dioone Warwick, Diana Ross Aretha Franklin etc…. The young demo ratings were sky high at the time. Crazy.

  • Jon


    So true. But I think Simon will agree to bring Britney back only if she agrees to talk more in the live shows or something lol, which is understandable. And yeah no one ever said she has the strongest voice. But this isn’t American Idol or The Voice. It’s about having the XFactor which is what she has and what has kept her relevant for so long. And regardless, she sang a whitney houston song to get signed sooooooo lol.
    And yes XTina’s voice is the voice of our generation I think.

  • Leondre

    Okay, Now Max is talking about Chicago Fire too. Seriously!

  • Raymond

    @ Jon,

    It’s very simple. If people liked the show they would’ve tuned in.

    It did better in its 1st season because it was new and fresh, but people preferred Idol in the end which is why Idol did so much better. This wasn’t Britney’s fault nor that of FOX, people just don’t like the show that much.

    The same is happening in the UK after they’ve been introduced to The Voice. BBC is on the up again while ITV are going on a downward spiral (X Factor UK had record low ratings this year and so did Britain’s Got Talent).

    I hope Britney leaves the show because she’s shown she can still pull #1’s and she shouldn’t be associated with such a loser show IMO.

  • BigBrotherFan

    Mario Lopez is a downright awful Host! Just awful! Even the Kardashian lady is better than him. He is one of the problems. I tried tuning in when they where announced as hosts and I can’t stand how awful he is. Okay, you have dimples-WE GET IT! Looks really sad compared to Seacrest, HECK EVEN DALY does better on the voice than him. What was Nick Lachey up to that he could take on the hosting duties here. Dude can’t be too busy and heck anyone would be better than Lopez.

    L.A reid is leaving? Never even knew who he was before I tuned in, and thus was no draw for me. I assume BRIT wont be back, either. The show is a dud (20 million viewers simon? LMAO! cant even crack 10)

    CUT YOUR LOSSES NOW FOX. This crap may of worked for UK viewers but North Americans are not fooled by a carbon copy of AI. Yeah, Yeah I know Xfactor was before but still…c’mon!

    Great for CF but I was gonna say too THE NUMBERS ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE! Really enjoying the Kelly storyline.

    I got nothing else.

  • Fred

    The big mystery is how Idol will perform in 2013. FOX needs it to have SUPER ratings. I think FOX is in 4th place.

  • Jon


    I feel that if Britney leaves the show and releases an album, it will underperform again… she just REALLY doesn’t like doing promo.

    And I know a lot of people who watch the show. I have XFactor viewing parties with my friends almost every other week and 20+ people show up. The only problem is that NONE of us have a Nielsen Box, just like 99.99% of the country lmao. So our views can’t count towards the ratings.

    That’s why I don’t take these ratings seriously. XFactor is a really popular show, just not to the people who own a Nielsen Box it seems.

  • sweetd

    The numbers for Chicago Fire would have to drastically drop for NBC not to renew it.

    It’s pulling roughly the same (and sometimes better) than the Thursday night comedies, building on it’s lead-in, with little to no drop off on the half hours and is getting better as the season goes on. Also Dick Wolf.

  • Party2nite

    @Justin, that’s bull. They did not just pay Brit cause she is an Icon but they paid her with hopes she will bring in viewers. they were dead wrong.. She is pop princess, yeah I agree, but more so relevant 5 years ago. Although X-factor fails.. Brit wins cause she gets paid just for sitting there dead eyes and saying “That’s Amazing” and “I’m so Proud of You” ..

  • Kay

    Chicago Fire only did well because everything else was a rerun!!

  • JohnC

    I enjoy watching Chicago Fire. Not must TV but entertaining enough that I would watch it when I can.

  • RyanCanada

    Xfactor Deserves better numbers, much better show then the Voice, and xfactor is actually about the Contestants.

  • Rave

    Judging by the massive international followings most of his chosen XF acts have gained online, Simon’s pockets are about to explode.

  • Jay

    Chicago Fire was fantastic last night. Best episode of the season. Glad to see nice ratings rebound. A bit surprising given recent horrible lead-ins.

  • DeanW

    Hope CF comes back with a 1.5 in January. But it’ll be Renewed anyway.

  • CenterGravity

    Did the pageant finish strong and give Chicago Fire a bigger lead-in than the 1.8 average for Miss Universe?

  • Jason

    The Voice > Idol > Sing Off > The Next > X Factor.

    CW’s The Next would do a lot better than Simons XFactor if it was shown on Fox.

    I expect Amanda Brown, Dez Duron and Cassadee to have careers beyond the shows. Carly will probably join Disney as an actor. I don’t expect anybody else to do anything in the future.

    It took Simon 9 years to achieve commercial success with a group so I don’t have much hope for both Emblem and 5th Harmony. I think the 5 female beauties from The Voice that did a song together will have a much better chance of making it if they joined forces, none of them individually have weak voices whereas with Emblem and 5th Harmony they clearly have a lead singer to sound off he weaker ones.

  • Ryan


  • swalker


    You may not care much about the ratings but X Factor’s budget may have to cut back because of them.

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