FOX won the 18-49 demo race, while CBS drew more total viewers on a rather anemic Thursday.
With little competition, the third season finale of 'The X-Factor' jumped up half a point to a 1.7 demo rating, and also added over a million viewers to its total audience. That all sounds well and good on paper, until you compare it to the 3.1 that last year's finale earned. That's a year to year drop of almost two and a half points. To call that a poor performance would be an understatement.
Simon Cowell is going around bloviating about how 'The X-Factor' is certain to return for a fourth season, but I think he's trying to convince himself of that fact as much as anyone else. It's no secret that 'The X-Factor' has been a huge disappointment from the beginning, doing okay initially, but never coming close to what even the lowest rated seasons of 'American Idol' managed.
Every year they try to "shake up the show" in some way, and every year the ratings drop. 'The X-Factor' may indeed get renewed, if only by the skin of its teeth. However, if I were a FOX executive, I'd cut my losses and look for a replacement program. Elsewhere, 'The Sing-Off' dropped to a 1.2, and gets closer to cancellation with every episode. A 20/20 special recapping 2013 garnered a 1.4.
Key: Broadcast Network - Show Name - 18-49 Rating - 18-49 Share - Total Viewers In Millions
CBS - The Big Bang Theory (R) - 2.8 - 9 - 11.25
ABC - A Charlie Brown Christmas (R) - 1.7 - 5 - 6.41
FOX - The X-Factor (N) - 1.7 - 5 - 6.22
NBC - The Sing-Off (N) - 1.2 - 4 - 4.48
CW - The Vampire Diaries (R) - 0.2 - 1 - 0.76
CBS - The Millers (R) - 1.7 - 5 - 7.54
NBC - Saturday Night Live (R) - 1.7 - 5 - 4.30
ABC - 20/20: The Year (N) - 1.4 - 4 - 5.68
CBS - The Crazy Ones (R) - 1.3 - 4 - 5.64
CW - Reign (R) - 0.3 - 1 - 0.88
CBS - Two and a Half Men (R) - 1.3 - 4 - 5.74
CBS - Elementary (R) - 0.9 - 3 - 5.65
Source: Nielsen Media Research