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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  • Ted Craig


    I didn’t say that. I said “compatible.” So ask yourself, what other show available to ABC is as compatible with SHIELD? You can make the case that the Goldbergs is compatible with both SHIELD and The Middle. We know that Suburgatory is compatible with The Middle. What is unknown and fairly dubious is that Suburgatory is compatible with SHIELD,

  • Bob

    Wednesday ABC:

    8:00 The Middle
    8:30 The Goldberg’s
    9:00 Modern Family
    9:30 Suborgatory

    Of course ABC has never been very smart at scheduling so I doubt they will do this.

  • Ted Craig


    So they weaken a struggling night to shore up a night that’s doing well? Is whatever they gain on Wednesdays worth the train wreck that would be Trophy Wife/Mixology?

  • Bob

    @Ted Craig,
    You have a point. I guess if we were discussing Tuesday I might think differently. But you certainly may have nailed the reason for my post not to work.

  • Why Watch

    A rather boring night of programming. I could care less who Barbara finds interesting since most times I do not. I had better things to do.

  • Ted Craig


    It’ll be a good idea for May.

  • Russell

    NBC’s Sing Off is not a hit and it wasn’t a hit back in 2011. It’s good filler for a couple of weeks but will never again become a weekly series.

    NBC’s music christmas specials failed. Both Michael Buble and Kelly Clarkston Specials were bombs.

    FOX should cancel X Factor immediately. The show is a flop.

    ABC should move Goldbergs after The Middle. Tropy Wife should be cancelled it will never survive after Modern Family. ABC’s best bet is Suburgatory.

    CBS did pretty good with total viewers last night considering 2/3 of its’ schedule were repeats. They came in second to ABC.

  • Joseph

    The only hope I can see for “X-Factor U.S.A.” continuing, and what I think Fox will do is to have the next season of the show broadcast next Summer instead of in the Fall.

    Conversely, I think that the next season of “So You Think You Can Dance” will be next Fall (September, December, 2014) instead of next Summer (June-September, 2014).

    In effect, the two shows would trade slots and the time of year they’re broadcast.

  • Laura

    If X Factor slips another notch, it’ll be tied with daytime’s The Young And The Restless!

  • Joseph


    I had meant to comment that the next season of “So You Think You Can Dance” would be broadcast from “September-December, 2014″.

    I accidentally put in the wrong punctuation mark.

  • cfsv


  • Spencer

    Wow I hope this is an indicator that ABC needs to move The Goldbergs to 8:30 Wednesday. I mean that rating can still adjust down in the finals…but Still a 1.3 for a Repeat when in its normal spot how much more is it getting? Come on ABC be smart for once in your life. And maybe try Trophy Wife after MF? Can’t hurt…

  • harry

    The goldbergs getting 1.3 on repeat while 2 episodes ago ( new one) got 1.4 and less total viewers than this repeat…

    ABC save ur shows , stop scheduling like that .
    abc tries to anchor nights and ends up sacrificing all its shows in the process. only thing that works on abc atm is modern family , greys anatomy , scandal and castle once upon a time and the middle do ok. rest are struggling and no help incoming…

  • cc

    Looks like I’m not the only one who skipped these lousy shows last night.

    Love seeing diva Celine with an 0.6 though. That was worth checking in here for. Maybe her and Carrie will go off and pray together for all those that don’t like them. Agree about BW, nothing fascinating about her or her choices, whatever they are.

  • JJF

    I am sure it will adjust down but that’s a pretty darn solid number for The Goldbergs rerun. Heck, it’s pretty close to it’s first run average on Tuesday and above some of the network’s other first run sitcoms. IMO, this should give ABC at least some evidence that it’s worth trying on Wednesdays.

  • RJC

    I predict X-Factor dips into the 0’s if it’s renewed for another season.

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    If we are going with ABC schedules they should have gone with from the start, here’s what I think. The whole Middle/Goldbergs and Modern Family/Trophy Wife on Wednesday schedule seems to be pretty universally thought as a good idea. They could have put a full season of Suburgatory after Shield. Suburgatory is a veteran that would probably hold its own and if you look at the demo skews, I don’t think New Girl would hurt it. If ABC INSISTED on airing Super Fun Night, air it after Suburgatory. Rebel Wilson probably would have brought the 1.7-1.9 area ratings by herself to begin with and the competition with the Mindy Project is much less than New Girl. Back in the Game after Last Man Standing with the Neighbors on deck on Friday.

  • jr YOU WING

    X Factor is trash. Cowell is full of it saying it will be back. Why? It’s already done now.

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