x factor season 3 finals ratings dec 18 TV ratings: Barbara Walters' 'Most Fascinating People' up; 'X Factor' finals down over last yearFast National ratings for Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

There are a fair amount of reruns this week before the holidays, meaning the shows that aren’t reruns have less competition — and it paid off for Barbara Walters’ “Most Fascinating People of 2013” special, which was the top show of the night and also up 1.2 million viewers over last year’s broadcast.

Elsewhere, “The X Factor” finals was up just slightly over last week, but down a couple million viewers from last year’s finals. “The Sing-Off” was down from last week also.

Walters’ special led ABC to a win, as the alphabet network averaged 7.2 million viewers and a 4.9/8 share in households. The next three networks all finished fairly close together — CBS was second with 5.96 million and a 3.9/7, NBC was third with 5.3 million and a 3.1/5 and FOX was fourth 5 million and a 3.2/5. The CW was last with 1.4 million and a 0.9/1.

ABC also won the 18-49 demo with a 1.8 rating, followed by NBC at 1.5, FOX at 1.3, CBS at 1.0 and the CW at 0.6

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

ABC: “The Middle” rerun (5.9 million, 3.9/7)/”The Goldbergs” rerun (4.8 million, 3.2/5)
NBC: “The Sing-Off” (5.5 million, 3.3/5)
CBS: Special — “A Home for the Holidays with Celine Dion” (4.89 million viewers, 3.3/5 households)
FOX: “The X Factor” (4.86 million, 3.1/5)
The CW: “iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2013” (1.4 million, 0.9/1)

18-49 leader: “The Sing-Off” (1.7)

9 p.m.

ABC: “Modern Family” rerun (6.2 million, 4.1/7)/Barbara Walters “Most Fascinating People of 2013” special (7.8 million, 5.2/8)
CBS: “Criminal Minds” rerun (6.4 million, 4.2/7)
NBC: “The Sing-Off” (5.4 million, 3.1/5)
FOX: “The X Factor” (5.2 million, 3.3/5)
The CW:
“iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2013” (1.4 million, 0.9/1)

18-49 leader: “Most Fascinating People” (1.9)

10 p.m.

ABC: Barbara Walters “Most Fascinating People of 2013” special (9.4 million, 6.4/11)
CBS: “CSI” rerun (6.6 million, 4.3/7)
NBC: Special – “Michael Buble’s 3rd Annual Christmas Special” (4.99 million, 3.0/5)

18-49 leader: “Most Fascinating People” (2.3)

information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are
preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."