TV Ratings Thursday: Both 'The X Factor' Finale & 'CMA Country Christmas' Down From Last Year

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December 21st, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.1/9 1.9/5 1.4/4 1.4/4 1.1/3 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.7/9 1.1/4 1.0/3 1.3/4 0.8/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 9.646 8.652 6.559 3.544 4.854 0.930


FOX won the night in adults 18-49 and in Total Viewers.

On FOX, the finale of The X Factor earned a 3.1, up  from last week's 2.4, but  down seven tenths from last year's 3.8 adults 18-49 rating.  Most of your predictions were too pessimistic.

On ABC, CMA Country Christmas earned a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating down six tenths from last year's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating

On NBC, A White House Christmas scored a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating . Rock Center garnered a 0.8, down a tenth from last week's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.


Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, December 20, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX The X Factor (8-10PM) 3.1 9 9.646
CBS The Big Bang Theory -R 2.8 9 10.923
NBC A White House Christmas 1.6 5 8.462
ABC I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown -R 1.4 4 5.116
CW The Vampire Diaries -R 0.3 1 0.983
8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men -R 2.3 7 8.73
9:00PM CBS Person of Interest -R 1.7 5 9.377
ABC CMA Country Christmas (9-11PM) 1.5 4 7.28
NBC The Office -R 1.0 3 3.108
CW Beauty and the Beast -R 0.3 1 0.878
9:30 PM NBC Parks and Recreation -R 0.8 2 2.098
10:00 PM CBS Elementary -R 1.3 4 6.753
NBC Rock Center With Brian Williams 0.8 2 3.50


Late night ratings:

"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" delivered its highest Thursday rating
in metered-market households (a 3.0 rating, 7 share) since November 22
(3.1/9), the night of a high-rated NFL overrun.  Jay's guests last
night included Katherine Heigl, Marjorie Johnson and musical guest
Johnny Mathis.

At 12:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.8/6 in
metered-market households) earned its highest Thursday rating since
February 2 (1.8/6 for an episode from Indianapolis with guests Taylor
Lautner, Adam Levine, Drew Brees and musical guest Nas) and matched
its highest Thursday result since June 4, 2009 (1.9/6 during the first
week of "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien").  Jimmy's guests last
night included Billy Crystal, Tyson Chandler and musical guest Cee Lo
Green, who sat in with The Roots.  "Late Night" also featured an
appearance by Jerry Seinfeld.

At 1:35 a.m. ET, "Last Call With Carson Daly" (1.0/4 in metered-market
households) scored its top Thursday rating since November 22 (1.0/4).


NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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  • Oliver

    Ouch at The X Factor finale.

  • Ali

    It would have been hilarious if a repeat of The Big Bang Theory bested the finale of the X-factor. I hope x-factor’s next season is its last….garbage!

  • Party2nite

    Xfactor is lucky TBBT was on repeat last night. Still 3.1 is the highest since it debuted in September.. nice but the show is still a flop. You can’t change the fact Britney did nothing for the show…

  • SimonSays

    LOL @ Flop Factor. Still not impressive IMO.

  • CenterGravity

    Wow, Big Bang repeat almost on par with X Factor finale. CBS and NBC’s repeats all fared pretty well.

  • Baqinardo

    XFactor could hit SYTYCD’s numbers next season.

  • Jinjeon

    Max sucks donkey balls!

  • Samuel

    I really wanted better for The X Factor, last night’s finale was much better than The Voice’s. However, at least they can finally say that X Factor won the night.

  • Clarke

    Bad finale numbers for XFactor. Couldn’t even break 10million viewers. I watched the finale last night but it was pretty awful – really badly produced and very anticlimactic. The only special musical guests they could afford were Pitbull (seriously?) and One Direction.

  • RyanCanada

    Great show of Exfactor, wanted Carly Rose to win tho, instead that country dude won,

  • Baqinardo

    Head to head TBBT repeat did beat XF (2.8 vs 2.7)

  • joel

    What’s more relevant – X-Factor or Skating With The Stars?

  • OutOfSync

    I’m wondering when we see the half hours if TBBT didn’t actually beat XF in their common 30 minutes.

  • Petar Ivanov

    Lol 10 000 000 viewers in rerun POI rockssssssss. Next week episode is great one. 1.7 for rerun is crazy good. CM yesterday was 1.4.

    Man TNT and USA are idiots. They must kill for this(show) syndication.

  • SimonSays


    “last night’s finale was much better than The Voice’s.”

    I beg to differ. The Voice is well produced, well paced and comes across sleek and smooth where as X Factor comes across as trying way too hard. An overproduced mess.

  • JT

    The X FACTOR lost all elements of surprise when they continued to show the ranking each week. If you watched the show you know who would be top 2 leaving the finale very uneventful. Oh well..i doubt I’ll be watching next year anyway.

  • CenterGravity

    @Baqinardo “Head to head TBBT repeat did beat XF (2.8 vs 2.7)”


  • Jared

    I LOVE Britney but she brought absolutely nothing to XFactor. Glad to see the finale up regardless.


    Those ratings are definitely down from the 12 million that watched last year’s finale. Honestly 9.6 million I think is a season high. Those are lower ratings then America’s Got Talent. This show is a total trainwreck. Last night’s finale was so bad with Khloe so like Melissa Rivers. She was shoving the microphone in everyone’s face, rude, and annoying. The dumb red carpet stuff was stupid. The winner was non eventful I agree revealing the order of the rankings took the suspense out of this show. Honestly I have to give the biggest diss to Simon Cowell. What happened to the great SIMON we loved on Idol who had real moments, spotted talent, told people they sucked in the right way and what made him so great to watch on Idol looks completely checked out and tired on this show. Simon worked much better as a non-mentor when he was a non biased judge. Britney Spears was a waste of money. LA REID was a total snooze. This panel had zero sparks/chemistry and this show was a mess. Honestly there is room for Idol/Voice, FOX lets cancel X Factor. Those ratings though are solid for the season but the show tanked for season 2. Also Simon stop trashing Paula Abdul he remarked the groups sucked as a Paula diss last night. Honestly I would wipe the whole slate clean here. It seems FOX has tons of changes to make for season 3 and a much lower production behind it.

  • hahaha

    Flop Factor is a Flop In US But A Hit in Latinoamerica

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