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The X Factor’s season finale easily helped Fox win Thursday night, although its only competition included repeats and specials. The show was also down from last season’s finale and fell even farther behind NBC’s The Voice.
Last night’s episode drew 9.6 million viewers and a 3.1 18-49 rating, which was enough to win the night, notes Entertainment Weekly. However, it was down 18 percent from the first season finale, proving that the high profile moves at the judge’s table didn’t help Fox and Simon Cowell as much as they might have expected. Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger were replaced by Britney Spears and Demi Lovato, while Khloe Kardashian-Odom and Mario Lopez handled hosting duties. The show was already picked up for a third season, but the judge’s table will have a different look again, since L.A. Reid is leaving.
By comparison, NBC’s The Voice finale had a 4.0 18-49 rating earlier this week. Since didn’t beat The Voice, Fox has to hope that American Idol can in the winter, since NBC is airing another season of its show. However, Idol also saw a ratings dip last season.
The rest of the networks stuck to repeats and holiday specials. HitFix reports that CBS came in second with 8.65 million viewers and a 1.9 18-49 rating. The network aired all repeats of its Thursday lineup.
ABC, which had a night of specials, had 6.56 million viewers and a 1.4 18-49 rating. I Want a Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown started off the night with 5.12 million viewers and a 1.4 18-49 rating. CMA Country Christmas’ first hour had 7.57 million viewers and a 1.6 key demo rating. The second hour slid to just under 7 million viewers and a 1.4 18-49 rating.
NBC was also all repeats, averaging 4.9 million viewers and a 1.1 18-49 rating, notes The Wrap. Rock Center had 3.5 million viewers and a 0.8 18-49 rating.
The CW’s repeats averaged 930,000 viewers and a 0.3 18-39 rating.