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


Via NBC Press Note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

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  • Shepherd

    I’m not on the ‘XFactor will get cancelled’ bandwagon, but I don’t see how a 1.7 is good. Having a finale down 45% from the previous season is bad for any show.

    Anyone have fall averages for this season and last?

  • Jim

    X-Factor is now a guaranteed renewal. Awesome! Those Voice inflicted viewers for The Sing off finally bailed on that bore-fest.

  • Kissan

    Wow. Reign repeated better than TVD even though it was up against the White Collar finale and the strongest hour of the X Factor. Maybe it has a little niche audience. Saturday Night Live is strong for NBC on Thursday. Maybe that should be on at 8:00 instead of those stupid comedies…

  • Jon

    I love how people are trying to spin a 1.7 for an x factor finale as anymore than what it is…..terrible. for a reality show that boasts that its aimed at the demo…anything lower than a 2.0 at anytime is a failure. Had the show occasionally dipped that’s one thing but its been below 2 almost all year and recently often 1.5 or lower.


    didn’t x factor finish 3rd in its first hr? how is that good?

  • Jon

    Why do people comment about how well a repeat did versus another repeat. It really doesn’t tell you anything and it really doesn’t matter. Maybe some people who watched repeat a during its first run watched repeat number two the other time. Years ago at least for me I loved repeat weeks because it was the only chance you got to see other shows you didn’t normally watch.

  • Bored Now

    I think the X Factor half hours only go to prove the major problem the show has. Going up from a 1.4 to a 1.9 suggests that many people just don’t care about the immense amount of filler the show includes. 0.5 more people bothered to tune in to see who actually won than were interested enough to be there for the start of the show. If it gets renewed (big IF) then they will have to realise that the show needs some serious trimming down. One night a week maximum.

  • JR35

    Surely anyone using the word “outstanding” when talking about the ratings for X Factor must be kidding? :) (I don’t know all of the posting patterns for some hehe)

    Below a 2.0 for a finale is dreadful, especially when compared to the previous season.


    X factor should be a summer show romp

  • Jayson Deyrulo

    X Factor lied about the guest performers haha. They knew all along that Kesha wasn’t coming, but their twitter and facebook accounts still make it seem like she was performing with Pitbull.

    If they renew this show it will only hurt Idol even more.

    Simon thinks he’s smart by buying all those Alex and Sierra songs each week, but FOX aren’t going to fall for it, especially when they seem to be the only one to have all their songs charting. At least with The Voice EVERYBODY charts and all of the top 6 or 8 have been in the top 10 of Itunes at least once.

    And how emberassing was it that Leona Lewis outshined Alex and Sierra by far! They’re really not that versatile.

    If you want fabricated pop bands, watch X Factor, but if you want genuine artists like Tessanne and Phillip Phillips watch The Voice and Idol.

  • Carmen

    The flip side also works for XFACTOR, what does FOX have that is much stronger than XFACTOR at this point, it’s comedies are nothing to write home about, Glee has completely imploded, and they bungled ‘Bones’ Demos to accommodate the declining ratings trend for the newcomer ‘Almost Human’ with a Friday switch. Other than ‘Sleepy Hollow ‘ they have nothing consistently positive so XFACTOR isn’t that horrific in that context. If they can accommodate Glee with lower ratings for a season 6 it’s not a stretch to renew XFACTOR.

  • Steve A

    What drugs are you ppl on? That’s not good for X Factor. That’s horrible.

  • Jayson Deyrulo

    Jeff should’ve won!

  • Sarah

    It may be up from last week (and Wednesday night), but that’s still pretty bad and it doesn’t deserve to be renewed. JMO

  • milo

    “Outstanding for X Factor.”

    No. Not at all.

    Maybe it gets renewed next year but seriously a 1.7 is something to get excited about and “guarantees” it comes back? Let go of the fanboy/fangirl delusion already.

  • Sarah

    *for The X Factor

  • John A

    I wouldnt call a 1.7 abysmal but yeah not great. At least it rose from last week.

  • John A

    2.8 for a BBT repeat? That is impressive especally beating losers like The Millers TCO and two and half men in originals.

  • Danny

    Even monitoring the ratings around these last few weeks of the year is rather pointless. However, I watched an episode of The Big Bang Theory for the very first time today out of curiosity since it gets such high ratings and pulls in a lot of viewers and I have to say, “I don’t get it”. I don’t think I even got a smile out of it. It just wasn’t funny. It wasn’t even cute. If I want intelligent banter in a comedy setting I will watch a rerun of Frasier. Get a clue America!

  • Pitbull Hater #1

    Simon Cowell Killed this X Factor season with this Panel. But he need a new panel with a Big Name, and Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson.

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