The X Factor finalists on Wednesday sang their last songs to 8.3 million total viewers while netting a 2.7 demo rating, up a bit in eyeballs/flat in the demo week-to-week, yet down 26 and 18 percent versus Season 1′s final sing-off.
Nonetheless, the Fox competition led Wednesday in total viewers as well as the demo.
Elsewhere, just a few quick notes:
* CBS’ Home for the Holidays special featuring Rascal Flatts did 5 mil and a 0.9, up 21 percent and a tenth from last winter’s Martina McBride special.
* NBC’s broadcast of the Miss Universe pageant (6.1 mil/1.8) ticked up two tenths versus 2011. Leading out of that, Chicago Fire did its second-best numbers of the season — 6.6 mil/1.9, bested only by that special outing which was teed up by The Voice.
* Katie Couric’s year-end recap special for ABC (aka People Not Quite As Fascinating as Barbara’s) delivered 5.4 mil/1.6, up a tenth from 2011.