December 23, 2011 8:48am PT by Sophie Schillaci
TV Ratings: 'X Factor' Finale Rises, Fox Wins Thursday in Landslide Victory
After an easy Wednesday win for Fox, airing the first half of The X Factor's two-part finale, the network topped itself for Thursday night's broadcast.
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Part two of the season one closer, which found Melanie Amaro singing her victory song, jumped from a 3.3 rating among adults 18-49 on Wednesday, to a 3.8 rating on Thursday in the same demo. Viewership for the two-hour broadcast averaged at 12.4 million between 8 and 10 p.m.
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Fox scored an overall average of 3.8 for the night, with no additional programming scheduled. The X Factor alone eclipsed competitors, with CBS rating 1.8 in the key demo to pull in second place. NBC and ABC scored a 1.1 and 1.0 among adults, respectively, while the CW trailed with a 0.5 rating in the same group.
In its first season, the freshman singing competition averaged a 4.2/12 rating in the key demo and 12.4 million viewers. Overall, The X Factor has lifted Fox's ratings on Wednesdays by 48% and on Thursdays by 46%. For the first time in the network's history, Fox has landed the No. 1 spot on Thursday nights in the fall.
Thursday, Dec. 22, Overnight Ratings:
Fox: The X Factor (11.5 million viewers, 3.5 rating among adults 18-49)
CBS: The Big Bang Theory (R) (9.1 million, 2.6)
NBC: Who's Still Standing? (5.2 million, 1.5)
ABC: Disney Prep & Landing (R) (3.8 million, 1.1)
The CW: Vampire Diaries (R) (1.4 million, 0.4)
CBS: Rules of Engagement (R) (6.8 million, 1.9)
ABC: Prep & Landing 2 (3.7 million, 1.1)
FOX: The X Factor (13.4 million, 4.0)
CBS: Person of Interest (R) (7.9 million, 1.6)
ABC: I Want a Dog Christmas (R) (3.6 million, 1.1)
NBC: The Office (R) (2.2 million, 0.9)
The CW: The Secret Circle (R) (1.4 million, 0.5)
NBC: Whitney (R) (1.9 million, 0.8)
CBS: The Mentalist (R) (8.2 million, 1.5)
NBC: Prime Suspect (R) (4.4 million, 1.0)
ABC: Grey's Anatomy (R) (2.5 million, 0.7)