TV Ratings Wednesday: 'The Sing Off' & 'The X Factor' Slip + '10 Most Fascinating People' Special Matches Last Year

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December 19th, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.8/6 1.5/5 1.3/4 1.1/3 1.0/3 0.6/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.3/5 1.3/5 1.1/4 0.9/3 0.5/2 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 7.242 5.293 5.025 2.785 5.962 1.381

ABC was number one in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On ABC, Barbara Walters 10 Most Fascinating People special earned a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating, even with last year's special.

On NBC, The Sing-Off earned a 1.6, down two tenths from last Wednesday's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. The special Michael Buble's Third Annual Christmas Special garnered a 1.3, down a tenth from last year's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, The X Factor notched a 1.3, down a tenth from  last week's 1.4  adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, A Home for the Holidays With Celine Dion scored a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating, down two tenths from last year's special and hitting a new low for the Home for the Holidays.

On The CW, The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball special notched a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, December 18, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC The Sing Off (8-10PM) 1.6 5 5.40
ABC The Middle -R 1.4 5 5.92
FOX The X Factor (8-10PM) 1.3 4 5.02
CBS A Home for the Holidays With Celine Dion 0.6 2 4.90
CW The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 0.6 2 1.38
8:30PM ABC The Goldbergs -R 1.3 4 4.85
9:00PM ABC Modern Family -R 1.8 5 6.17
CBS Criminal Minds -R 1.3 4 6.41
9:30PM ABC Barbara Walters 10 Most Fascinating People (9:30-11PM) 2.1 7 8.80
10:00PM NBC Michael Buble's 3rd Annual Christmas Special 1.3 4 4.99
CBS CSI -R 1.1 3 6.59

-via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:


  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.9/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.4/6.


  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/5; "Late Show," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4.


  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.5/5 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.


  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households with an encore telecast) beat CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/4 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).


  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • jupiter3765

    good for abc

  • Andy

    X Factor is done .

  • Mathew

    The X factor is dead.

  • CrimTV

    CW matched CBS in the 8pm hour!

  • Choco

    Good numbers for ABC, specially for the repeats

  • CrimTV

    Ignore my comment, they didn’t

  • Felipe

    That’s unusually high for The CW. Was it preempted? Or maybe Arrow fans just came back without knowing that their show was on hiatus? lol

  • Sam

    The Goldbergs really should be on Wednesdays

  • GregP

    Wow, ABC’s comedy reruns were the only non-music programming at 8PM last night.

  • psychic

    Just a matter of time before X-Factor goes into the 0’s. Is Fox desperate enough to give it another season? Only time will tell.

  • Seth

    Outstanding for Jingle Ball

  • Ashley

    The Sing Off isn’t doing so well. I’m guessing too many singing competition shows.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    What a snoozefest!

    Go Baba Wawa!

  • PurpleDrazi

    And The Sing Off beats X Factor again! :-)

  • Billiam

    Wow. CW iHeartRadio finally got good ratings but it was probably due to the holiday theme but they matched CbS’ Christmas themed show as well.

  • Jagger Dagger

    Goldberg’s reruns are doing fairly well.
    Reminds me of The Middle’s first season where the show started off slow in the ratings but grew and became more solid as time went on.
    Put the Goldbergs between The Middle and Modern Family and ABC has a pretty solid Wednesday block.

  • Jayson Deyrulo

    I love how Sing Off has been winning against XFactor. Talent over gimmicks.

  • Samunto

    I honestly don’t see how FOX will justify bringing The X Factor back at this point. It was even with a rpt of The Middle & Goldbergs and got soundly beaten by The Sing-Off!!!

    Tonight’s finale will hit a 1.5!

  • Jayson Deyrulo

    The Middle rerun won actually against X Factor lol.

  • jupiter3765

    when will cbs announce their midseason schedule

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