Not much of a finale ratings bump for Fox’s The X Factor. The performance wrap of the singing competition last night averaged a 3.3/10 among adults 18-49, down a tenth from last week’s Top 4 performance show. In X Factor‘s defense, 18-49 TV usage was down 7% week-to-week from 8-10 PM. But X Factor faced CBS’ regular lineup in originals last week vs. far weaker competition last night. And its lead-out, new Fox comedy I Hate My Teenage Daughter (2.1/6), was not impacted by the usage drop — it was up 17% from last week. Even if it pulls even with last week in the finals, this is still a disappointing performance for a finale of a big talent competition. Fox (3.0/9, 9.8 million total viewers) easily won the night. Against X Factor, NBC’s game show Who’s Still Standing? (1.7/5) was down 11% from Tuesday night. The only other original last night was CBS’ Home For The Holidays special (0.8/2), which was up a tenth from last year.
Who’s Still Standing? NBC, apparently. The fourth-place network logged a rare No. 1 finish among adults 18-49 last night with a lineup featuring the only original of the night: new game show Who’s Still Standing? (1.8/5 in adults 18-49, 5.8 million total viewers), which was up 20% from its premiere on Monday. Still, Who’s Still Standing? finished second in the 8 PM hour behind a repeat of CBS’ NCIS (2.0/6, 12.3 million), which was the most-watched program of the night. The top honors among 18-49 were split between CBS’ rerun of NCIS: Los Angeles (2.1/6, 11.4 million) and NBC’s SNL Presents A Very Gilly Christmas (2.1/6, 5.8 million), which was down 9% from last year’s telecast. NBC (2.0/6, 5.8 million) edged CBS (1.9/5, 10.6 million) in 18-49, while CBS took the night in total viewers. The eye network’s average was dragged down by an Unforgettable repeat (1.7/5, 8.0 million) at 10 PM. ABC provided proof of why multicamera comedies have higher syndication value via better repeatability. Back-to-back repeats of rookie Last Man Standing averaged 1.4/4, 5.7 million and 1.6/5, 5.5 million vs. 1.3/3, 4.3 million for The Middle rerun and a 1.0/3, 3.4 million for a Suburgatory encore.
Once again NBC will be launching a reality series as a strip during the holiday season in December. Following in the footsteps of Deal Or No Deal, Clash Of The Choirs and The Sing-Off, new trivia competition show Who’s Still Standing? will premiere on Monday, December 19 as a weeklong strip, airing through Thursday, December 22 (each night at 8-9 PM ET). On December 26, the series will move to its regular Monday 8-9 PM slot, where it will air through January 30. NBC had previously announced that the revamped Fear Factor, which launches on December 12, will bridge The Sing-Off and The Voice with two-hour editions on Monday from 8-9 PM. The reality competition will now go down to an hour starting December 19. “This family-friendly series is perfect programming for the holiday season,” NBC’s alternative chief Paul Telegdy said of Who’s Still Standing? “The compelling and fresh format features the best elements of a classic trivia match combined with physical comedy, providing an intense competition that can be enjoyed by all ages.” Hosted by Ben Bailey (Cash Cab), the new series is based on the hit Israeli format Still Standing, which offers contestants the opportunity to win up to $1 million while competing in head-to-head trivia battles. The series had its global premiere on Israel’s Channel 10 in December 2010.