TV Ratings Thursday: 'The Sing-Off' Slips Against Weak 'The X Factor' Finale

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December 20th, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.7/5 1.5/5 1.5/5 1.5/5 1.1/3 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.4/5 0.7/3 1.1/4 1.0/4 1.0/4 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.20 6.88 5.94 4.36 2.76 0.86

FOX was number one with adults 18-49 but CBS led with total viewers.

On FOX The X Factor finale garnered a 1.7, up half a ratings point from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, but way down from the 3.1 adults 18-49 rating last year's finale earned.

On NBC, The Sing-Off earned a 1.2, down a tenth from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49  rating.

On ABC, the  ABC News: The Year special earned a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. 

Overnight ratings for Thursday, December 19, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory -R 2.8 9 11.13
FOX The X Factor (8-10PM) 1.7 5 6.20
ABC A Charlie Brown Christmas -R 1.7 6 5.66
NBC The Sing Off (8-9PM) 1.2 4 4.44
CW The Vampire Diaries -R 0.2 1 0.80
8:30PM CBS The Millers -R 1.7 5 7.57
9:00PM NBC Saturday Night Live -R 1.7 5 4.32
ABC  The Year (9-11PM) 1.4 4 5.67
CBS The Crazy Ones -R 1.3 4 5.69
CW Reign -R 0.3 1 0.92
9:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men -R 1.3 4 5.62
10:00 PM CBS Elementary -R 0.9 3 5.63


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In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

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  • Adam

    Finally FOX won the night :D

  • Noel

    What the heck, Reign repeated better than TVD? Well thats something.

  • Seth

    Outstanding for X Factor.

  • Mike

    Big Bang still pulled in 11 million viewers on a repeat.

  • Jordan

    The X Factor finale was fantastic!

  • Bill

    CBS comedies repeated pretty good

  • casey

    Really bad for the X-Factor.
    Even if FOX renews the show, I do not know what Simon Cowell can do to bring back the ratings

  • Dillan

    That’s actually not bad for X Factor.

    Great winners who I think will be very successful.

  • Charmed

    X Factor definitely getting renewed now.

  • omabin

    It’s impressive how constant the erosion for CBS Thursday is, even in repeats.
    Drops from program to program (last Thurday vs. this Thursday):
    – The Millers from TBBT: 51% vs. 61%
    – The Crazy Ones from The Millers: 73% vs 76%
    – Two and a Half Men from The Crazy Ones: 100% vs 100%
    – Elementary from Two and a Half Men: 89% vs. 69%

  • eelna

    Reign, better than TVD. I’m so proud of Reign. Hopefully it can stand alone.


    omabin just get over it cbs is the best most viewed last night and all yr and probably will win demo again also

  • taylor

    Looks like some people are catching up on reign ..

  • Bored Now

    Not bad for The X Factor? Seriously? Because I’d say 1.7, almost half of what it got last year, up against almost all repeats, is pretty abysmal. The final and it could only match a repeat of The Millers? That’s not good at all.

    Not much else to comment on last night, let alone watch…

  • Carmen

    XFACTOR is bad but I think Simon is going to sell the bill of goods that another judging roster change will work .

  • DenverDean

    CBS should move TAHM to 9/8 to create “hammock” for the two new shows. TM may have better retention as bridge and TCOs certainly will benefit from TAHM v. unproven TM.

  • Charmed

    X factor half hours were 1.4/1.7/1.8/1.9

  • Fred

    Like all talent shows, X Factor features some good talent. I’m not as interested in the judges as most viewers are.
    FOX must be praying the IDOL returns with decent #s.

  • Rob R

    Oh no. X Factor rose enough to actually make renewal a possibility……

  • Candy Clouds

    Did anyone else watch The Year last night? I’m a sucker for year-end retrospectives, but that one was like a cheesy “I Love the 70s/80s/90s” ripoff (random personalities and no-name comedians commenting on the big stories of 2013) that I just couldn’t take two hours of.

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