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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  • Jason

    TimsDale4ever they don’t have 10om shows. Even without a weaker 10pm show to drag their average further down they still end up as the 4th network this fall.

  • Mayans

    Nobody I know watches XFactor so can people and sock puppets please stop complaining about Nielsen. They all think it’s a show for kids and I tend to agree. Tate looked so out of place in the latter stages of the competition.

  • Fred

    The big question is: Can Idol lift FOX out of fourth place?

  • Steven

    I would love to see Chicago Fire break a 2.0 in the finals!

  • Mayans

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

    OMG.. overrating much? Her duet with Leann Rimes was one of the worst performances I have seen since these shows started. :D

    She has nothing on someone like Kelly Clarkson.

  • mariah

    To whoever said the x factor doesn’t have any talented singles compared to the voice. You clearly don’t watch both shows. I watch both. And I love the voice WAY better and like the judges way better. But I HATE HATE to say that x factor does have better singers then the voice. not by much but they do.

  • Michael

    LOL Chicago fire beats Universe.

  • RG-X

    The VOICE had better talent over-all than X-Factor this year— BUT the performances of the “Final 3″ between the 2 shows – X Factor 3 were much better!

  • Honey Badger
  • RG-X

    Carly’s duet was not good – but not because of Carly – Carly nailed it – is that the only bad performance she did?

    Kelly Clarkson is great and still one of the best – but she just became #2 in these talent shows – hey she held the crown for over 10 years – Carly will sell a lot.

  • Parker

    Yay for Chicago Fire! Last night’s ep was the best of the season and Cruz’s decision for the gang leader was genuinely shocking. This show may not be a big ratings hit yet, but judging from the enthusiasm for it on Twitter and other social media NBC has a solid utility player on its hands.

    And Paula Abdul must be pleased to see that the X-Factor declined so dramatically after she was fired. The show is doing okay, but at 8 million and a 2.7 for the performance finale it’s clearly not living up to Simon’s excessive hype. Funny that Simon made every casting decision into a huge PR push, but neither Britney nor Mario or Khloe have brought in any new viewers. Meanwhile, The Voice added two new judges with no drama whatsoever, and the show was a hit all season long.

  • aj

    So American’s liked TXF but the rest of the world liked Miss Universe? In my country they focus on Miss Universe than TXF USA finale.

  • eric

    you can’t read anything into chicago fire’s ratings. It was up against less than NOTHING

  • Joseph

    I think the problem with X factor is that they keep changing the show! Last year the ratings were good and it was one of the most popular shows with African-Americans but it just simply isn’t the case this year! Also I think the fact that the voice aired on the same night as its debut hurt it bad as people just didn’t give it a chance!

  • senor chang

    A rerun and an end-of-the-year special, while not ideal, is not less than nothing.

  • Ruan

    The editors of the site keep on reminding us that we have to compare a show’s ratings to the average for the network it airs on, not to the others. Yes, “The X Factor” is a flop compared to other networks, but if we compare it to the FOX average, not quite.

  • Kangarookeeper

    X Factor better than The Voice????

    You guys make me laugh.

  • thesnowleopard

    The Nielsen ratings are more than consistent and accurate enough for the purposes of the networks and the studio, which involve selling advertising. It’s not a popularity contest (one reason why they no longer care about total audience) and they don’t care what anybody here thinks of the accuracy of the Nielsen figures.

    That’s the bottom line.

  • Networkman

    NBC must know that Chicago Fire has potential. It is the show that the network should try to groom to be a breakout hit. It just needs to be more consistent. It is something that viewers will watch when nothing else is on. But it needs to become appointment TV and constantly garner over 2.0 rating.

    Being that it is in its first season, I don’t care about it being lead in dependent. The problem is if the lead in is weak, Chicago Fire only pulls in the same number. I feel Chicago Fire would of been a great show to air after The Voice instead of Go On. But I understand that NBC is desperate for new single cam comedies to replace The Office and 30 Rock. Yet I feel it would of had better retention numbers throughout the season than Go On.

  • Tate Stevens

    I agree Chicago Fire has major potential this is easily the biggest surprise of the season so far as I had no idea this would NBC’s top new hit so far. This show has the drive to get bigger and bigger as the fanbase seems to have grown a lot these past few weeks.

    I think what’s going to help CF in the long run is these weeks where people have sampled it against CSI reruns.

    NBC needs to take advantage of those first two Wednesdays in January against repeats where shows like Whitney, Guys with Kids, and Chicago Fire can start gaining new viewers.

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