TV ratings: 'X Factor' finale way down from last year, 'Big Bang Theory' rerun leads Thursday

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x-factor-s3-finale-rtgs.JPGFast National ratings for Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013

The good news for "The X Factor" finale Thursday was it scored its best Thursday ratings in more than two months. The bad news is that it ended a season that saw heavy ratings losses compared to last year with more of the same -- the finale was down 36 percent in viewers and 45 percent in adults 18-49 vs. the final episode of 2012.

Elsewhere Thursday, "The Sing-Off" had its lowest outing thus far this season, dipping a tenth of a point in the 18-49 demographic vs. last week. A "Big Bang Theory" repeat scored the night's biggest audience by a wide margin, and an encore of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" did pretty well for ABC -- topping both singing competitions in their common hour.

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"The Big Bang Theory" rerun (11.1 million viewers, 6.9/12 households)/"The Millers" rerun (7.6 million, 4.8/8)
ABC: Special - "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (6.5 million, 3.8/6)
FOX: "The X Factor" season finale (5.8 million, 3.6/6)
NBC: "The Sing-Off" (4.4 million, 2.8/5)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" rerun (804,000, 0.6/1)

18-49 leader: "The Big Bang Theory" (2.8)

9 p.m.

FOX:
"The X Factor" season finale (6.6 million, 4.1/7)
ABC: Special - "The Year" (5.7 million, 3.7/6)
CBS: "The Crazy Ones" rerun (5.7 million, 3.6/6)/"Two and a Half Men" rerun (5.6 million, 3.6/6)
NBC: Special - "SNL Christmas" (4.5 million, 2.8/4)
The CW: "Reign" rerun (918,000, 0.7/1)

18-49 leader: "The X Factor" (1.8)

10 p.m.

ABC:
"The Year" (5.7 million, 3.8/7)
CBS: "Elementary" rerun (5.6 million, 3.7/6)
NBC: "SNL Christmas" (4.1 million, 2.5/4)

18-49 leader: "SNL Christmas" (1.7)

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

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Photo/Video credit: FOX