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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  • Rave

    I disagree that showing the rankings removed suspense.

    Carly and Tate were separated by 0.3% according to Mario. It could have gone either way.

  • CrimTV


    The only judge I want to see back is Demi

  • Billy

    Considering the hype and fanfare The X Factor came with last year when it started that show is one big flop. Those ratings are really bad for a finale up against little competition from the other networks. If CBS, ABC and NBC aired new episodes last night against it the X Factor would have been even lower. A big flop is the only way to put it.

  • Ron

    Tate reminds of the first winner of Nashville star. He’ll do well initially and probably have a couple hits but whether he can be a big star remains to be seen. The country music scene is very saturated with solo male singers
    Even Scotty while his album did well, hasn’t broken through with any top 10 hits yet.

  • Mayans

    no hahaha, flop factor is now a flop on all continents.

    @ Samuel, lie much?

    The Voice finale was much much much better. Especially in the singing compartment. Whereas with The Voice the group performances all sounded solid X-Factor messed up big time when Carly and Tate had their debut and they were supposed to be the top 2 acts. It was simply horrible.

    And what about the guest apppearances? X-Factor only had 1D and Pitbull? Huge dissapointment.

  • Samuel

    @SimonSays I’m talking about the FINALE. The Voice could’ve cared less about who won, they would always announce “RIHANNA AND KELLY CLARKSON AND THE KILLERS AND AVRIL LAVIGNE AND BRUNO MARS!!!!!! ohyeahandwe’llalsoannouncewhowon”, whereas X Factor only had 2 guest performers and focused much more on the contestants. They didn’t even have nearly as much filler as most singing competition finales.

  • Mayans

    debut = duet. :D


    3.1 for the entire 2hrs on FOX is far from being a “flop,” but FOX should be concerned it was down from 3.8 last year. Then FOX has so much more to be concerned about.

    ABC should be singing the blues as original programming only fared 1.4 for night, but NBC should really be singing the blues as their slate only scored a 1.1

    All repeat programming for CBS was certainly impressive w/ a 1.9 & runner-up spot

    The CW couldn’t even score a Nikita for their reruns

  • Rave

    They already signed Tate, Carly, Fifth Harmony and Emblem 3, leagues better than Melanie Amaro and friends.

    I doubt Simon cares that much the past ratings, now that money is going to start rolling into his greedy pockets.

  • s0303

    a 3.1? considering it had practically no competition, that’s pretty sad…fox is in big trouble if american idol declines a lot, which i think it will, thanks to nicki minaj being on this year…

  • Mayans

    @ Samuel

    No filler? Are you talking about the same X-Factor that had only a couple of performances each episode because for some unexplainable reason they thought it was necessary to show the contestants in scripted conversations “back stage”?

    Capslock writing makes you look so pressed. Why can’t you just accept that it’s a horrible show. I love Britney to death, but she should leave this abomination and focus more on her pop career.

  • Petar Ivanov

    CBS in all rerun beat ABC and NBC. Man that is how big CBS thursdays are. Only other day that CBS are so strong on reruns is Monday(but there most of the shows are comedy)

  • jay

    Vino Alan should’ve won the x-Factor. People just could’nt look past the tattoos and the skinhead look.

  • Mayans

    THE OLD MAN, I disagree. 3.1 when going up against repeats should be considered a flop. Simon Cowell himself considered 3.8 of last season a flop and fired his host and 2 of his co-judges.

  • CrimTV


    Specials are not counted as original programming, therefore ABC and NBC did NOT air any original programming (apart from Rock Center), as that would be Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, The Office etc.

  • Dat

    Hey look, POI repeat beat CMA country Christmas to become top show of the hour!

  • Party2nite

    Just wait.. Xfactor 3.1 rating will be adjusted down.. to 3.0..

  • Jason

    Can someone explain to Samuel that X-Factor had Leann Rimes, Little Big Town and the cast of Jersey Shore (so typical for X-Factor, inviting guests that can’t sing but are popular to increase ratings) on their wednesday show while The Voice had no guest performances on monday.

  • Jason

    Because inviting Jersey Shore is obviously not considered filler in the finale of a singing competition…

  • zth

    @Samuel. Your opinion is beyond ridiculous. XFactor had two guest performers who sang there a few times before, and the whole 2-hour finale was a bore-fest, unlike the Voice finale, where the episode was extremely dense. There were a lot of time to fill on XFactor with completely unnecessary moments (like inviting the Jersey Shore cast, for example).

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