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

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December 21st, 2012

 

Scoreboard FOX CBS ABC UNI NBC CW
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
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8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men -R 2.3 7 8.73
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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
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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

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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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  • Ashley

    I seriously hope FOX cancels X-Factor and American Idol after next seasons. XF is horrible and AI is old and boring now. FOX needs to start over and do something original that doesn’t include “a star” in the show, like Skating with the stars. Go back to good shows like a decade or so ago. Boy do I miss Ally McBeal now. That was original and funny. Fox seems to have forgotten how to make those type of shows.

  • PixieLavender

    Does anyone know what rating the late late show with craig ferguson got?

  • Honey Badger

    Wow, CBS The Big Bang Theory repeat almost beat a new FOX The X Factor finale in 18-49 Rating, and beat them by over 1 million viewers!!!
    And the only things on other networks were repeats and a poor special that nobody watches.

    I guess that this shouldn’t be a surprise because CBS put Survivor against The X Factor on FOX this season, and Survivor beat them in 18-49 Ratings and Viewers Live+SD (million) for the last several weeks.
    “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.”

    http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/12/21/tv-ratings-thursday-both-the-x-factor-finale-cma-country-christmas-down-from-last-year/162668/
    FOX The X Factor (8-10PM) 3.1 18-49 Rating / 9.646 Viewers Live+SD (million)
    CBS The Big Bang Theory –R 2.8 18-49 Rating / 10.923 Viewers Live+SD (million)

    No one can trust Simon Cowell anymore, all his promises of The X Factor having higher ratings than American Idol ever did, and having 20 million viewers.
    And The Voice on NBC is far superior in quality, ratings and number of viewers.

    As The X Factor on FOX is Fox number 2 show behind American Idol, and has been a flop and is sinking like a rock; what does FOX do with this sinking ship now?
    What does FOX do with the rest of their programs?

  • THE OLD MAN

    @ Crim TV

    I’m aware that Specials are not counted as “original” programming, but the specials were new broadcasts (though I’m sure they wish they were “Rudolph”)

    @ Mayans

    A 3.1 rating is not a “flop,” especially for FOX

  • Nancy

    Even rerun of POI rocks! :)

  • THE OLD MAN

    @ Ashley

    I agree re: “Ally McBeal” who could forget the dancing baby & “Hooked on a Feeling” FOX has so forgotten how.

    But sadly, AI & XFAC are practically all they got ratings wise & if Animation Domination doesn’t turn around soon, they’ll be even worse off than they already are.

  • BigDirtFace88

    Country Christmas… No one cares about country music these days. It’s rubbish.

    Tractor, booze, chicken mcnggets, ticks, bible, religion, bible, religion…

    Oh look, I just wrote a country song. UGH…

  • BigBrotherFan

    hahaha XACTOR what a failure
    NEW HOSTS NOW fire Lopez and I may watch for a new judge.

  • soso

    the voice is doing better than x factor i think but x factor is doing also ok

  • lll

    Nancy

    + 1

  • Honey Badger

    @ Mayans you are right, Simon Cowell runs his mouth but the The X Factor just gets worse in quality, ratings and viewers. What does FOX do now? Simon Cowell has clearly shown he cannot run the show.

    Mayans
    Posted December 21, 2012 at 9:13 AM
    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.

  • Honey Badger

    Why didn’t CBS put on a new The Big Bang Theory and a new Two and a Half Men instead of repeats?
    If they did that, they would have put an end to The X Factor on FOX.
    The X Factor Finale would have had a 1.9 rating.

  • @panocha

    So many X FACTOR Haters
    chinguen a su puta madre hijos de puta

  • @panocha

    maybe x factor is a flop in rating but have the best BUZZ in the media

  • zth

    @panocha:
    If that BUZZ doesn’t translate into ratings, it is useless.

  • Honey Badger

    @ panocha It’s not that we are haters of The X Factor on FOX. We are just having fun laughing at an over hyped bad show that in plummeting in the ratings and viewers while Simon Cowell runs his mouth.
    The ratings trends show this show will continue to spiral down in the ratings, and with all the bad hype it will be canceled after the next season’s low ratings.

    panocha
    Posted December 21, 2012 at 10:01 AM
    So many X FACTOR Haters

  • Honey Badger

    @panocha after last night all the buzz is negative. it is not good to have a lot of buzz in the media if it is negative !
    This kind of buzz is not good The X Factor or FOX.

    Bye Bye The X Factor after next season

    @panocha
    Posted December 21, 2012 at 10:01 AM
    maybe x factor is a flop in rating but have the best BUZZ in the media

  • ht

    How is Cowell going to explain this one? Yesterday it was all about how they ditched older viewers for younger ones this season, yet back in September he told the press he’d admit failure if viewing figures were below last season. Last season was a major disppointment – the show was supposed to get 21 million viewers (quoting Cowell). Also, the show is tanking fast in the UK, where it just wrapped it’s 8th year. The reason Louie Walsh (the unknown mysterious Irish dude) stepped in mid-season for an ep or 2 was because Simon was a trying to salvage XF ratings in the UK. Maybe Mr Cowell has had his 15 minutes fame both sides of the Atlantic.

  • @panocha
  • Honey Badger

    @ ht you are right ” Mr Simon Cowell has had his 15 minutes fame both sides of the Atlantic. ”

    ht
    Posted December 21, 2012 at 10:17 AM
    How is Cowell going to explain this one? Yesterday it was all about how they ditched older viewers for younger ones this season, yet back in September he told the press he’d admit failure if viewing figures were below last season. Last season was a major disppointment – the show was supposed to get 21 million viewers (quoting Cowell). Also, the show is tanking fast in the UK, where it just wrapped it’s 8th year. The reason Louie Walsh (the unknown mysterious Irish dude) stepped in mid-season for an ep or 2 was because Simon was a trying to salvage XF ratings in the UK. Maybe Mr Cowell has had his 15 minutes fame both sides of the Atlantic.

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