Thursday Final Ratings: 'CMA Country Christmas' Adjusted Down, No Adjustment for 'The X Factor' Finale

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December 21st, 2012

CMA Country Christmas was adjusted down a tenth among adults 18-49 versus the preliminary Thursday broadcast ratings.

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX The X Factor (8-10PM) 3.1 9 9.66
CBS The Big Bang Theory -R 2.9 9 10.95
NBC A White House Christmas 1.6 5 8.29
ABC I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown -R 1.4 4 5.01
CW The Vampire Diaries -R 0.3 1 0.99
8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men -R 2.3 7 8.67
9:00PM CBS Person of Interest -R 1.7 5 9.41
ABC CMA Country Christmas (9-11PM) 1.4 4 7.21
NBC The Office -R 1.0 3 2.86
CW Beauty and the Beast -R 0.3 1 0.84
9:30 PM NBC Parks and Recreation -R 0.8 2 2.01
10:00 PM CBS Elementary -R 1.3 4 6.78
NBC Rock Center With Brian Williams 0.8 2 3.50

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • robrab14

    haven’t seen it, but looks like a cool show :)

  • Dan

    Wow at flop-factor. Cant even get 10 million for the finale LMAO!!!

  • Bitter Ringer Fan

    that TVD repeat was low considering is the cw’s highest rated show

  • Norman Charles

    “Two and a Half Men” had two-and-a-half times as many viewers as “Rock Center”. When is NBC gonna cancel that clunker?

    ABC’s “CMA Country Christmas” had twice as many viewers as “Rock Center”. So for his next show, Brian Williams will be wearing a big-ass Stetson hat and a Jack Daniel’s belt buckle.

    Brian Williams is upset because “Parks & Rec” is such a poor lead-in to “Rock Center”. So he’s demanding a better lead-in–like “The Cosby Show” or “Seinfeld”.

  • LisaNeedsBraces


    NBC is tossing Rock Center to the wolves come January. Not canceling it (it’s too cheap to produce and they want Brian Williams happy) but burying it. The people who do Do No Harm are probably happy: if they get within shouting distance of a 2.0 NBC will be probably be happy.

    The X Factor has been a disaster from the get go. It completely fumbled out of the gate when, despite a year of planning, there was a last minute reshuffling/firing/hiring of judges. Then this season they went with a name (Britney Spears) who everyone knows has mental problems and can’t handle live TV. They waited halfway through the season to hire hosts, and they were terrible ones at that. The whole show looks cheap: cheap sets, garish lighting, terrible editing, supposed professionals that don’t seem to know which camera to look in, etc.


    And the winner for the worst comment thread of the year is:

    (Drum roll) TODAY!

  • American

    I can’t believe a TBBT repeat was so close to an X Factor finale…that’s funny. :)

  • Michael

    Here’s a cheat sheet for Fox to try to fix “X Factor” – for anyone who doesn’t think Britney is a $15 million flop, check out #4…

    1. Firing Cheryl Cole
    2. Hiring Khloe Kardashian, the WORST host in TV history
    3. Hiring Brian Friedman (and allowing his horrific, tired choreography to completely overshadow the singers IN A SINGING COMPETITION!)
    4. Paying $15 Million to a clearly drugged Britney “Amazing” Spears
    5. Approving ridiculously over-the-top production gimmicks that drown out the singing performances IN A SINGING COMPETITION!
    6. Hiring-Firing Paula Abdul
    7. Too much plastic surgery
    8. Hiring Nicole Sherzinger
    9. Introducing the Judges on-stage BEFORE the SINGERS – IN A SINGING COMPETITION!
    10. Hiring Howard Stern (forgetting IT’S ALL ABOUT CHEMISTRY on the Judging panel. Unknowns with chemistry are ALWAYS better than famous judges with no chemistry).

  • David Howell

    @ Michael
    1, 3, 5, 8, and 9 have all been done in the UK series. (And, in fact, 8 worked – this season was Nicole’s first, and she dominated the competition in unprecedented fashion, mentoring both of the top two and taking a joke performer as far as fifth.)
    Amusingly, Brian has had more Twitter followers than any of the vocal coaches the show has ever had. The one coach who did have a significant Twitter following seems to have done so primarily by tweeting photos of her SATC-esque shoe collection…

    The ratings are falling hard in the UK – like American Idol, the show used to destroy all-comers in the ratings, but this season not one but two shows on the network (Downton Abbey and I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!) actually gained more viewers than the X-Factor show that led into them on more than one occasion. Even last year, that was unthinkable.

    The show is still huge on both sides of the Atlantic – scripted shows with half of its audience are getting renewed on the same channels – but it is fading, and it is fading fast. And I am absolutely fine with that :)

  • CookyMonzta

    Billy and Honey Badger: You have a point. The X-Factor ratings don’t bode very well for Idol. If Mariah and Nicki can’t save Idol, we are likely to see the first show of 2013 draw fewer than 20 million (last year’s debut drew 21.9 million and the championship finale drew 21.5M, and its overall season average was 19.2M, 3rd behind NBC Sunday Night Football and NCIS.

    As a matter of fact, I’m betting that the season’s average will be somewhere between 15.5M and 16.5M, maybe 18M max, putting it somewhere between 4th and 10th. If they fall that far, it could be the last time that Idol is a top-10 show.

  • CookyMonzta

    Hey, Dan! The X-Factor drew 10 million only ONCE! The 4th audition back in September! I imagine the season’s average will be somewhere between 8.5 and 9 million. Compared to last year, when it drew an average of nearly 12 million, I think next season WILL be its last…

    …And Idol won’t be too far behind. Of the 40 telecasts last season, it drew over 20 million only TWICE; the very first show and the very last, and its average was 19.2 million (down from 24.8 million in Season 10). Again, if Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj can’t save the show, and the first show draws less than 20 million, the show might never draw 19 million again.

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