'The Sing-Off' beats 'The X Factor'

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It’s one thing to have your singing competition show thumped by NBC’s The Voice. But to get shown up by The Sing Off? Ouch!

Thursday night’s ratings had Fox’s The X Factor vs. NBC’s Sing-Off. Both reality competitions performed weakly, but NBC’s campy a capella series managed to edge out Factor among adults 18-49 (see chart below), though Factor had the lead among total viewers. The NBC show was down 22 percent from last Wednesday’s premiere to mark a series low for a December edition of the show, however, while Factor was down 14 percent from last week (this cannot help the show’s renewal odds). Sing-Off helped boost Sean Saves the World slightly, but by the time The Michael J. Fox Show aired NBC’s lineup was back to status quo.

Over on ABC, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland matched its rather non-magical season low for its fall finale. Grey’s Anatomy‘s fall finale jumped 17 percent from last week’s series low, and the Scandal fall finale was up 7 percent to a two-month high. CBS’ lineup is potentially inflated in the early numbers due to NFL preemption in Denver, while The CW was steady. Full chart:

NET/TIME/SHOW  18-49 RATING  TOTAL VIEWERS (+000)
FOX 8-9P X-FACTOR 1.2 4,888
9-10P GLEE- R 0.7 2,473
ABC 8-9P ONCE-WONDERLAND- 0.9 3,454
9-10P GREY ANATOMY- 2.7 8,497
10-11P SCANDAL- 3.2 9,329
CBS 8:00P BIG BANG- 5.3 18,552
8:30P MILLERS- 2.9 12,040
9:00P CRAZY ONES- 2.1 8,916
9:30P TWO&HLF MN- 2.1 9,353
10-11P ELEMENTARY- 1.8 9,526
NBC 8-9P SING OFF S 1.4 4,528
9:00P SEAN-WORLD- 1.0 3,433
9:30P MJ FOX SHOW- 0.9 3,047
10-11P PARENTHOOD- 1.2 3,937
CW 8-9P VAMPIRE DIARIES 1.0 2,409
9-10P REIGN- 0.6 1,858
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