Fox’s “X Factor” crowned its champions Thursday night, but the network is likely not celebrating its own results, despite finishing first in ratings.
The singing competition earned a 1.7 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, a 45 percent drop from last year’s finale. Its 6.2 million viewers is down 36 percent from last year’s 9.7 million.
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Still, Fox was first in ratings with the 1.7 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with the 6.2 million, according to preliminary numbers. The network only aired the “X Factor” finale, which started at 8 p.m.
CBS, ABC and NBC tied for second in ratings, each with a 1.5/5. CBS was first in viewers with 6.9 million, airing entirely repeats. ABC was third in viewers with 5.9 million, and NBC was fourth with 4.4 million.
For ABC, following a rerun “Charlie Brown Christmas” special, “ABC News: The Year 2013” earned a 1.4/4 and 5.7 million viewers.
NBC’s “The Sing-Off” at 8 received a 1.2/4 and 4.4 million viewers. A rerun “SNL Christmas” followed.
Univision was in fifth in ratings with a 1.1/3 and in viewers with 2.8 million.
Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in total viewers 1.4 million.
The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in total viewers with 861,000, airing entirely reruns.