On its second-to-last show of Season 2, The X Factor (2.7/8) came down to its last three finalists Wednesday night on Fox. The singing series was up a slight 4% over last week’s show and saw a 6% rise in total viewers to 8.3 million. However, in a season that has been consistently tracking below last year, last night’s episode was down 18% among adults 18-49 from the December 21, 2011 performance final. With that said, Fox won the night in total viewers and in the 18-49 demo.
The Voice may be over for the season, but NBC is still in the competition business. Last night saw the network air the Miss Universe pageant (1.8/5). Rhode Island native Olivia Culpo brought the crown back to America for the first time in more than a decade in the NBC-Donald Trump co-owned competition, which saw a 13% rise in 18-49 over last year’s September 12 broadcast. With 6.1 million viewers, Miss Universe was the most-watched broadcast of the show since 2008. Chicago Fire (1.9/5) followed at 10 PM and was up 36% over last week. The result matched its second-highest rating in its first season — bested only by a November 7 airing after a Wednesday broadcast of The Voice.
ABC had repeats of The Middle (1.4/4), Neighbors (1.1/3) and Modern Family (1.8/5) on Wednesday. The network’s only original broadcast of the night was The Year With Katie Couric (1.6/5). In its second year, the collaboration between People magazine and 20/20 was up 7% over its December 15, 2011 airing. CBS started the night with A Home For The Holidays With Rascal Flatts (0.9/3) special, up 13% from last year’s December 21st airing. The network also aired repeats of Criminal Minds (1.4/4) and CSI (1.1/3).