The top 3 performance finale of The X Factor gave Fox a win in the key demographics on Wednesday. The show averaged 11.2 million viewers and a 3.3 rating/10 share in 18-49, according to preliminary results, giving Fox a 3.0/9 win in the adult category.
Other notable ratings for X Factor: The show actually gained 23 percent in the last half hour versus the first hour in the adult demo (from a 3.0 to a 3.7) and won its time period in teens, persons 12-34, and even viewers over 50. Afterwards, an original of I Hate My Teenage Daughter didn’t do too badly; It averaged a 2.1/6 — up 17 percent from last week, and 6 million viewers. The comedy won its half hour in the demo.
Then again, it wasn’t so difficult to cream the competition. ABC ran repeats of its comedies and Revenge (which, oof, earned a mere .9/3). CBS ran its middling special, Home for the Holidays — which only posted a .8/2 — followed by repeats of Criminal Minds and CSI. And NBC ran the special Who’s Still Standing, which posted a 1.7/5, down 11 percent from last week. Afterwards, it aired repeats of A Michael Buble Christmas and Law & Order: SVU.
Bottom line: Most-watched show of the night was The X Factor, and the least-watched drama was a repeat of Gossip Girl (728,000). Fox won the night in viewers (9.3 million), followed by CBS (6.1 million), NBC (4.6 million), and ABC (4.5 million).