Season finale suffers drop from a year ago

Against very little original competition, Fox’s “The X-Factor” was the dominant show Thursday night, but the season finale took a huge drop from a year ago

The two-hour episode drew a 3.1 rating/9 share, with 9.6 million viewers overall, according to early estimates from Nielsen. That represented an 18% decline from last year when the show drew a 3.8/11 and 12.6 million.

Among singing competition shows, NBC’s “The Voice” ended its season earlier this week on a high note with a 4.9/13 and 14.6 million.

“The X-Factor” won all half-hours in the 18-49 demo except at 8 p.m., when it was defeated by a repeat of “The Big Bang Theory” (2.8 vs. 2.7). The CBS sitcom drew 10.9 million viewers, making it the most-watched show of the night. In the 18-34 demo, Fox was best from 8-10 p.m.

Following “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS continued its run of repeats. “Two and a Half Men” (2.3/7, 8.7m), “Person of Interest” (1.7/5, 9.3m) and “Elementary” (1.3/4, 6.7m) rounded out the night.

ABC opted for a pair of specials: “I Want a Dog for Christmas” (1.4/4, 5.1m) and the two-hour “CMA Country Christmas” (1.5/4, 7.2m), which won the 10 o’clock hour.

NBC was in the holiday spirit as well with “A White House Christmas: First Families Remember” at 8 o’clock. Special drew a 1.6/5, 8.4 million, which was better than what the Peacock usually draws on Thursday in the hour.

That was followed by low-rated repeats of “The Office” (1.0/3, 3.1m) and “Parks and Recreation” (0.8/2, 2m). Newsmagazine “Rock Center With Brian Williams” (0.8/2, 3.4m) ended the night, defeated by both CBS and ABC.

The CW offered reruns of “The Vampire Diaries” (0.3/1, 983,000) and “Beauty and the Beast” (0.3/1, 878,000).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 3.1/9; CBS, 1.9/5; ABC, 1.4/4; Univision, 1.4/4; NBC, 1.1/3; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: Fox, 9.6 million; CBS, 8.6 million; ABC, 6.5 million; NBC, 4.8 million; Univision, 3.5 million; CW, 930,000.

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