Ratings: ‘X Factor’ Hits All-Time Low for Regular Wednesday Episode

ABC’s “Barbara Walters Presents: 10 Most Fascinating People” is night’s highest-rated show

Fox’s “X Factor” performance finale was the series’ lowest-rated regular Wednesday episode in its three seasons, as ABC won the night with “Barbara Walters Presents: 10 Most Fascinating People.”

The “X Factor” earned a 1.3 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, its lowest regularly scheduled Wednesday show ever. The night before Thanksgiving, “X Factor” hit a 1.2 rating, though due to the holiday, the episode was classified as a special.

ABC was first in ratings with a 1.8 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and first in total viewers with an average of 7.2 million, according to preliminary numbers.

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Following reruns, at 9:30 p.m., “Barbara Walters Presents: 10 Most Fascinating People” on ABC earned a 2.1/7 — making it the night’s highest-rated program — and its most viewers in three years, with 8.8 million viewers. That total is good enough to make it the most-watched show of the night as well.

NBC was second in ratings with a 1.5/5 and third in total viewers with 5.3 million. “The Sing-Off” at 8 received a 1.6/5 and 5.5 million viewers. “Michael Buble’s 3rd Annual Christmas Special” at 10 earned a 1.3/4 and 5 million viewers.

Fox was third in ratings with a 1.3/4 and fourth in total viewers with 5 million, airing only the “X Factor” performance finale at 8. The performance finale saw a ratings decline from last year of 52 percent, and viewership decline of 40 percent.

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Univision was in fourth in ratings with a 1.1/3 and fifth in total viewers with 2.8 million.

CBS was in fifth in ratings with a 1.0/3, but second in viewers with 6 million. Its “15th Annual Home for the Holidays” special earned its lowest ratings ever with a 0.6/2 and 4.9 million viewers. Repeats followed.

The CW was sixth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in total viewers with 1.4 million. It aired the “iHeartRadio Jingle Ball” at 8.

Telemundo was seventh in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in total viewers with 1.3 million.