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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  • Ram510

    @ Ted Craig

    And what returning show would that be? Suburgayory? Yeah that one is hardly a ratings hit

    Plus Shield is a self starter that doesn’t require a lead in so a comedy block at 8 could work and get Shield from under NCIS

  • Brain

    I personally think ABC should put Last Man Standing on Wed at 8:30 and Goldbergs at 9:30. I have never understood why they don’t load up Wednesdays with their top performers like CBS has for years on Mondays. CBS spent years before it expanded to Thursdays and even longer to have a full night of comedy on Thursdays. I like Suberbgatory but it is a quirky little show and I don’t really think it has the broad appeal that those other shows have. To repeat, I would let Suberbgatory burn to the ground and load up Wed with strongest shows.

  • Ted Craig


    Yes, the third highest rated sitcom on ABC last year was a massive flop.

  • John A

    Good for the CW. Decent for Michael Buble special.

  • Ted Craig


    Suburgatory has drawn higher ratings over its two years than either of the shows you mention.

  • mary 1

    The IHR Jingle Ball was preempted (will be shown instead on Sunday) in my market (Chicago) and some Christmas cartoon show was shown instead. I could see taking it out of a large market like that affecting ratings.

  • CookyMonzta

    Well, well, well… Sing-Off beat X-Factor again.

    Most of the people watching X-F want Alex and Sierra to win. But some people, and a survey, think Jeff is going to steal it.

    If that happens, word is going to spread like wildfire from the East Coast to the West Coast, and viewership in the Mountain and West states is going to drop like an anvil. I wouldn’t be surprised if viewership drops to 1.0 demo and around 3.5 to 4 million viewers. That is ABC’s The One territory, which will guarantee X-F’s cancellation, because that would undoubtedly be their starting point for 2014, if there is a 2014 for them.

  • sally

    I csant stand Barbara Walters in anything she does

  • Beverly

    Maybe now the highly paid idiots at ABC will see what us in the peanut gallery have been saying for months. Goldbergs is compatible with The Middle and we can assume Trophy Wife is compatible with Modern Family. It’s not rocket science – except to the morons who actually make the scheduling decisions.

  • Ted Craig


    And The Goldbergs is compatible with SHIELD.

  • Andrew21

    Tuesdays at 9: Mixology and Super Fun Night
    Wednesdays: The Middle, The Goldbergs, Modern Family, Trophy Wife.
    Fridays: LMS, Suburgatory
    They should premier suburgatory and te return of golbergs and TW on their already scheduled dates, and then move to where i said

  • DryedMangoez

    Nice to see The Sing Off higher than The X Factor.

  • mathew

    @Andrew21 Super fun night is ending before mixology begins…

  • Ted Craig


    So you think an unproven sitcom and a failing sitcom, bot of which skew female, are the best choices to counter-program The New Girl and The Mindy Project?

  • HalCapone

    Wow, most of the television viewing audience is just not that into Celine Dion. A Middle repeat beating Ex-Factor is well, just sad. And The Stink-Off is delivering sub par ratings. My Christmas wish is that all singing competition shows will disappear as quickly as possible. I mean, even crappy scripted programming is better than these cheesy shows.

  • peelit

    Guess I’m missing something. Some fans of the Goldberg’s seem awfully jacked for it being the networks lowest rated show and the least watched non CW show of the night. It probably repeats okay because its not a repeat to most viewers. That said, it would prob lose less of The Mifdles audience than that James Caan show did. ABC just needs to make a choice: do they want The Goldberg’s to stand on its own on Tuesday or just get caught in The Middle/Modern Family wake on Wed. A 1.6 on Tuesday may be worth more to them than a 1.9 Wednesday.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    A 1.3 for NBC at 10:00. Where does that put Michael on the Buble Watch? ;-) :-)

  • thatguy

    Simon Cowell has man boobs.

  • HalCapone

    “Simon Cowell has man boobs.”

    …and he’s got that bitchy, queen personality to match them.

  • Beverly

    @ted, Goldbergs has proven itself on a couple different occasions to be completely independent of SHIELD.

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