Ratings: X Factor Down 45% Vs. Previous Finale, Beaten By Charlie Brown; Sing-Off Dips

Ratings X Factor Season 3 FinaleThe X Factor‘s latest coronation ceremony was watched by 6.2 million total people on Thursday night, while scoring a 1.7 demo rating.

While that marks week-to-week gains of 27 and 42 percent (hitting a two-month demo high), versus the Fox singing competition’s year-ago finale, we’re looking at declines of 36 and 45 percent.

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For the completists out there, X Factor was down more than 50 percent from Season 1’s finale (12.6 mil/3.8).

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In head-to-head competition during the 8 o’clock hour, ABC’s encore of A Charlie Brown Christmas (6.5 mil/1.7) bested The X Factor (5.8 mil/1.5). The Year led out of that with 5.7 mil/1.4, up in audience vs. 2012 but down two tenths in the demo.

Facing off against the first half of X Factor‘s finale, NBC’s The Sing-Off did 4.4 mil and a 1.2, dipping slightly week-to-week (4.6 mil/1.3) but down 20 and 25 percent from its Wednesday outing.

A Big Bang Theory repeat easily led the night in both total viewers (with 11.1 million) and in the demo (scoring a 2.8).

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  1. sophiebowns says:

    I’m not surprised, it gets worse every year!

  2. DarkDefender says:

    The XFactor has never really lived up to the hype. Huge in Britain, but in a sea of reality singing shows, it falls at the bottom. Not sure any reboot ideas Cowell has for next year could save it. I expect American Idol to drop off too.. Remains to be seen.
    I am happy to see Alex & Sierra win, though. They were brilliant!

    • MM9 says:

      You’re overestimating The X Factors popularity in the UK – This years finale had the second lowest ratings out of all The X Factor finales, and has consistently been beaten in the ratings by Strictly Come Dancing (Dancing with the Stars in the US. They go head to head in timeslots in the UK btw.)

      It’s been renewed for three more seasons in the UK, but it’s generally old hat now, and Simon Cowell doesn’t have the influence to draw viewers by just being there anymore.

  3. Allison says:

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy, Merry Christmas Simon!

  4. Ginger Snap says:

    Really we could do with 2 less singing competition shows on the Big 4 networks. And some serious re-thinking about results nights. They’re mostly a snooze fest

  5. Mika says:

    Good old Charlie Brown beat Simon!!! Maybe there is a Great Pumpkin after all!!!

  6. KCJ says:

    The only thing that could (and unfortunately probably will) save The X-Factor is the fact that Fox might not be able to afford replacing 3 hours in it’s schedule.

    • connerc says:

      My thoughts, too. Though, if they could come up with two decent comedies, maybe they can cut Wednesday’s X-Factor to 90 minutes and Thursday’s results to 30.

  7. matt says:

    I’d rather watch X Factor than Big Bang Theory any day. That show eats it.

  8. J-Man says:

    The further Alex & Sierra went into the competition, the more the ratings tanked. Can’t imagine why? Oh that’s right, the STINK! I don’t care about their cutesy back story, they can’t sing. He’s ok, she’s off key and a least half a beat slow coming in EVERYTIME.

    And how many really good people were voted off as the weeks went by so A&S could win? NO wonder the ratings are down. Viewers are catching on that the “winner” is picked BEFORE the first episode even airs.

    Watch the promos, watch whogets voted off each week, who’s getting “the buzz/hype” etc etc