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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  • Nancy Mahews

    Well the only thing I watched last night was Castle reruns on TNT. They were running some of season 1 & 2 (which I never saw befoe, and a couple of season 3 episodes I only saw part of. So although they were re-runs, they were new to me! :-)

  • Guest

    I don’t understand how the XFactor has so much buzz, trends on twitter, everyone I know watches XFactor but none of us have a Nielsen box. I Agree with Jon The X Factor is a popular show it just that not everyone owns a Nielsen box, so these ratings aren’t accurate nor will ever be.

  • Justin

    @party2nite. No I agree, I also said they thought ratings would improve by bringing her on. But they paid her that much because shes a huge icon. Look at demi…they also brought her on to help bring an audience but there only paying her 1 million. Why. Because shes nowhere near as big or will ever be as big as Britney.
    I agree with you tho.
    However Britney is still relevant in todays music. Last year she had yet another album debut at #1…with #1 single…and 2 other singles in the top 10. With the 4th single in the top 100.

  • HGFM

    “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”

    You are comparing apples to pineapples here.
    There are 117.5 million households in the US. That’s the number you need to consider when looking at the usefulness of the sample size.

  • Mayorofsmpleton

    Chicago Fire will return. I don’t care for it but its been remarkably steady with good/bad competition and regardless of lead in support. I’d say its a safe bet for renewal unless it bottoms out in the spring.

  • Kitsune

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

    learn to statistics ;)


    Paula Abdul must be having the last laugh. First of all she got fired and Simon pre season 2 claimed the first season didn’t work because of Paula. He blamed her solely and said it was the idol connection. She didn’t deserve that I honestly feel Paula gave a 100 percent to a show that she was the wrong fit for and what we loved about and Simon on idol felt forced and stale. Paula was great on dancing with the stars. I am sure she has a lot of joy knowing the show fell without her and paying Britney much bigger money. Simons excuse for lower ratings oh the voice being on. He has an excuse for everything. He is so delusional he doesn’t see maybe the show flopped for its scripted banter, over the top performances, weak talent. Poor host selection and no chemistry within these judges. This panel had no chemistry compared to the voices great chemistry. Those coaches have sizzling chemistry.

  • JLover

    The X Factor sucks! Poor camera shots, over the top lighting, distracting stage, horrible hosts, unlikeable judges, audience way too loud, really bad singing = poor ratings! FOX, please cancel this show! We don’t need 3 singing competition shows! American Idol is still the best singing competition show!

  • Glue


    Don’t say the X Factor has WEAK talent. It definitely doesn’t.
    – Carly Rose Sonenclar
    – Beatrice Miller
    – Tate Stevens
    – Vino Alan
    – Lyric145
    – Fifth Harmony
    – Jennel Garcia
    – Jason Brock
    – Diamond White
    – Willie Jones
    – David Correy

    Also many more, these are just from the top of my head. Actually, Everyone who made it through but Emblem3.

    I agree with the host thing. It’s just not working for me.

    There is MORE chemistry this year then there was last year. Demi/Simon.

    And I get that you love the voice and hate The X Factor, but I think the voice is boring. The X Factor is actually really good.

  • Glue


    “really bad singing = poor ratings”

    They have amazing singing. Like amazing Talent!

  • Nick

    Chicago Fire is becoming quite the NBC utility player. Even though it’s ratings are all over the place. Seems like people actually want to watch it. IMO, NBC should nurture this show because of all their dramas (well, beside Parenthood, but that ship has sailed) it has a shot at being a hit.

  • RG-X

    The Problems with X-factor:

    The hosts are terrible – Cardashian girl at least needs to go.

    Mario keeps saying peoples names incorrectly.

    Britney gives 5 words of input after every performance = boring.

    The intro announcer is OVER THE TOP in his sound. Over-kill & cheesy.

    The crowd won’t stop screaming (non-stop)while the judges are talking – it’s annoying.

    However – the 3 finalists last night on X-Factor were better then the 3 finalists on the Voice.

    Carly Rose is the best pop singer I have seen since these shows have started.

    Simon needs to re-tool the sho completely – I hate LA REID season one – but I like him now – so Simon & LA stay. Demi is still too young, can’t mentor but CAN sing – Britney needs to go. Emcees need to go – voice over guy needs to go.

  • RG-X

    Another thing that hurt X-Factor – it was pre-emted too much by baseball & debates.

  • V Daddy

    Chicago Fire in my opinion just turned into the best broadcast show on television. That ending was thrilling and the next episode looks EPIC!

    NBC has a real special show on its hands.

    Even though some people are using that it was against reruns excuse, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, how else is CF supposed to grow viewers? That’s how most new shows grow viewers overtime when everything is in repeats or competition is weak.

  • POI

    NBC must be happy with Chicago Fire cuz its ratings are good for this network without a vioce lead in

  • s0303

    @jon…you’re right, basing ratings on 25,000 homes is stupid and the system needs updated badly…but, that doesn’t change the fact that that is how they measure ratings as of now…social media is not going to save your favorite shows from getting cancelled…these numbers are going to count on majorly on renewals/cancellations…whether we like it or not…

  • Vcoolwater

    Chicago Fire is lead-in dependent. It always slightly build off its lead in. Is that good thing or bad thing? NBC really needs to move it to a new time slot. CSI is killing it.

  • TimsDale4ever

    If X went only to 10PM why isn’t there a show listed in the 10pm slot for fox? What aired?

  • DeanW

    Do you realize that if the Mayans were right, it’s maybe the last comment you are posting !

  • Mayans

    The X Factor tribute had some horrible singing and those were supposed to be the top 13. You can come up with as much excuses as you want, but there’s really little talent on there compared to Idol and The Voice.

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