The 2 hour season finale of The X Factor jumped 31% vs. last week’s one hour episode to a 3.8 adults 18-49 rating. Its 12.4 million (Fox got Nielsen to do fast time zone adjusted ratings which adjusted the viewership up to 12.6 million, presumably the adults 18-49 ratings were not adjusted) viewership was the most for a Fox entertainment telecast since premire week, and the highest rated Fox Thursday since 10/6/11. The half hour adults 18-49 ratings for The X Factor were 3.3, 3.8, 3.8, 4.2. It topped the finale of The Voice among adults 18-49 (3.8 v. 3.7) and average viewership (12.4m v. 11.0m).

Against an assortment of repeats and specials, of course Fox topped the night’s adults 18-49 ratings. Fox would like you to know that adults 18-49 viewing in primetime was down 5% overall vs. last Thursday.

The only other new episodes on broadcast Thursday night, NBC’s Who’s Still Standing? had a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, down 12% vs. Wednesday night’s episode. And at 10pm, on its way to the boneyard Prime Suspect was up a tenth of a point vs. last week (11%) to a 1.0 adults 18-49.

ABC, CBS and CW were 100% repeats last night.

The Texans/Colts NFL Network game was syndicated locally on the CW affiliates in both Indianapolis and  Houston, making downward adjustments in the preliminary CW ratings far more likely than typical.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, December 22, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX The X Factor (finale, 8-10p) 3.8 11 12.446
CBS The Big Bang Theory -R 2.6 8 9.103
NBC Who’s Still Standing? 1.5 5 5.231
ABC Disney Prep & Landing (R, special) 1.1 3 3.848
CW The Vampire Diaries -R 0.4 1 1.428
8:30PM CBS Rules Of Engagement -R 1.9 6 6.780
ABC Prep & Landing Naughty v. Nice (R, special) 1.1 3 3.673
9:00PM CBS Person Of Interest -R 1.6 5 7.869
ABC I Want A Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown (R, special) 1.1 3 3.625
NBC The Office -R 0.9 2 2.232
CW The Secret Circle -R 0.5 1 1.423
9:30PM NBC Whitney -R 0.8 2 1.919
10:00PM CBS The Mentalist -R 1.5 4 8.200
NBC Prime Suspect 1.0 3 4.417
ABC Grey’s Anatomy -R 0.7 2 2.491

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2011 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

Via NBC press notes:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 2.7/6; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.7/6; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.0/7; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.3/4 with an encore.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; “Late Show,” 0.6/3; “Nightline,” 0.9/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.4/2 with an encore.

At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.6/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.6/3 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.3/2).

At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All national ratings are “live plus same day DVR viewing” from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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