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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  • Joseph

    Maybe future seasons of “X-Factor U.S.A.” should be in the Summer.

    Might actually draw more viewers than it has this Fall.

  • paul

    So I guess xfactor is bar try outs winner says all dude can not sing something screwed up there. Tell me with all talent they had the karaoke singer made it wow.

  • I luv nickelodeon

    For all you who said the x factor didn’t reach 10 million are wrong.
    XFactor did hit over 10 million on the last hour (9pm)

    FOX: “The X Factor” season finale (10.3 million, 6.0/9)

  • Kaylie

    I hope they get a more exciting judge next year. Simon should definetly keep Demi, although, L.A is leaving.

  • joel

    With those ratings they’ll have to change the grand prize from a $5 million recording contract to a $50 cassette recorder.

  • mariah

    @honey badger
    Christina is not producing hits anymore. Oh wait…I forgot. Your body was around for that week in October sometime. Then never heard of again…just as her new album was.

  • LOL

    Flop Factor has been such a huge failure this season. The producers should’ve just kept Paula and Nicole.

  • k:Alex

    Why are the late night numbers so high?

  • HalCapone

    Person of Interest finally wins its timeslot…LOL

  • Peggy Sims

    Country Christmas would be a lot better if they would choose bigger and better stars. The first year it was on with Reba and singers like that, it was a ratings success. Why don’t they try that again next year and see if it rates higher.

  • rob60990

    “Person of Interest finally wins its timeslot…LOL”

    LOL, no The X Factor did. ;)

  • stephanie

    they watched the last half to see who was the winner like me. I like tate stevens. I cant stand khloe demi brit . hate the sob stories

  • Phil

    At least X-Factor wasn’t beat by Charlie Brown again.

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