RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘X Factor’ Finale Down From Season 1, ‘CMA Country Christmas’ Falls

December 21, 2012
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘X Factor’ Finale Down From Season 1, ‘CMA Country Christmas’ Falls

Thursday saw The X Factor (3.1/9) wrapping its second season with country singer Tate Stevens declared the winner of a $5 million recording contract. Watched by 9.646 million viewers, the 8-10 PM live finale was up 29% from last Thursday’s show. However, like Wednesday’s performance finale, X Factor’s season-ender last night was down 18% from the 3.8/11 for its Season 1 finale December 22, 2011. Despite the boost expected from the addition of Britney Spears and Demi Lovato to the judges’ panel this year, X Factor found itself battered in the ratings during its second season. NBC’s The Voice, which went to its first fall season this year, drew a 4.9/13 for its two-hour Season 3 finale on Tuesday. Last night’s X Factor was not even the night’s most-watched show: An 8 PM repeat of The Big Bang Theory on CBS pulled in 10.923 million viewers. Fox did win Thursda night in total viewers and the adults 18-49 demo.

NBC kicked off the night with A White House Christmas: First Families Remember (1.6/5) special, hosted by Meredith Vieira. Then it was encores of The Office (1.0/3) and Parks And Recreation (0.8/2), followed by a new Rock Center With Brian Williams (0.8/2). Rock Center was down 11% from last week’s airing, hitting a season low for the newsmagazine show.

On ABC, I Want A Dog For Christmas Charlie Brown (1.4/4) was flat with last year’s broadcast. The two-hour CMA Country Christmas (1.5/4) took a hit, falling 29% from last year’s edition.

CBS was all repeats Thursday with Big Bang Theory (2.8/9), Two And A Half Men (2.3/7), Person Of Interest (1.7/5) and Elementary (1.3/4).

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