Both The X Factor and the CMA Awards were down. The latter lost 21% compared to last year’s telecast.  Via TVByTheNumbers.

On FOX, The X Factor scored a 2.3  adults 18-49 rating, down from a 2.9 for the show’s most recent Thursday episode on October 11 but even with last week’s special Tuesday telecast.

On ABC, The CMA Awards earned a lowest-ever 3.8 adults 18-49 rating down 21% from a 4.8 for last year’s telecast on Wednesday,  November 9, 2011.

8:00

CBS The Big Bang Theory 5.1/15 15.65
ABC The 46th Annual CMA Awards – Live (8-11PM) 3.8/10 13.57
FOX The X Factor (8-10PM) 2.3/6 6.17
CW Vampire Diaries 1.5/4 3.17
NBC The Voice – R (8-10PM) 1.3/3 3.79

8:30

CBS Two and a Half Men 3.6/10 13.11

9:00

CBS Person Of Interest 3.0/8 13.50
CW Beauty And The Beast 0.6/2 1.73

10:00

CBS Elementary 2.4/6 10.50
NBC Rock Center With Brian Williams 1.3/3 4.78

Half Hour Breakdown from Marc Berman

8:00 p.m.

ABC – 46th Annual CMA Awards
Viewers: 12.44 million (#2), A18-49: 3.2/ 9 (#2)

CBS – The Big Bang Theory
Viewers: 15.65 million (#1), A18-49: 5.1/15 (#1)

NBC – The Voice (R)
Viewers: 3.71 million (#4), A18-49: 1.1/ 3 (#5)

Fox – The X Factor
Viewers: 6.05 million (#3), A18-49: 2.2/ 6 (#3)

CW – The Vampire Diaries
Viewers: 3.23 million (#5), A18-49: 1.5/ 4 (#4)

———-

8:30 p.m.

ABC – 46th Annual CMA Awards
Viewers: 13.11 million (#1), A18-49: 3.6/10 (#1t)

CBS – Two and a Half Men
Viewers: 12.61 million (#2), A18-49: 3.6/10 (#1t)

NBC – The Voice (R)
Viewers: 3.88 million (#4), A18-49: 1.2/ 3 (#5)

Fox – The X Factor
Viewers: 5.97 million (#3), A18-49: 2.2/ 6 (#3)

CW – The Vampire Diaries
Viewers: 3.10 million (#5), A18-49: 1.5/ 4 (#4)

———-

9:00 p.m.

ABC – 46th Annual CMA Awards
Viewers: 14.33 million (#1), A18-49: 4.0/10 (#1)

CBS – Person of Interest
Viewers: 13.83 million (#2), A18-49: 3.1/ 8 (#2)

NBC – The Voice (R)
Viewers: 3.74 million (#4), A18-49: 1.4/ 4 (#4)

Fox – The X Factor
Viewers: 6.21 million (#3), A18-49: 2.4/ 6 (#3)

CW – Beauty and the Beast
Viewers: 1.83 million (#5), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#5)

———-

9:30 p.m.

ABC – 46th Annual CMA Awards
Viewers: 13.80 million (#1), A18-49: 4.0/10 (#1)

CBS – Person of Interest
Viewers: 13.17 million (#2), A18-49: 2.9/ 7 (#2)

NBC – The Voice (R)
Viewers: 3.81 million (#4), A18-49: 1.4/ 4 (#4)

Fox – The X Factor
Viewers: 6.45 million (#3), A18-49: 2.5/ 6 (#3)

CW – Beauty and the Beast
Viewers: 1.62 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#5)

———-

10:00 p.m.

ABC – 46th Annual CMA Awards
Viewers: 13.88 million (#1), A18-49: 4.0/10 (#1)

CBS – Elementary
Viewers: 10.92 million (#2), A18-49: 2.4/ 6 (#2)

NBC – Rock Center With Brian Williams
Viewers: 4.79 million (#3), A18-49: 1.3/ 3 (#3)

———-

10:30 p.m.

ABC – 46th Annual CMA Awards
Viewers: 13.86 million (#1), A18-49: 3.9/11 (#1)

CBS – Elementary
Viewers: 10.08 million (#2), A18-49: 2.3/ 6 (#2)

NBC – Rock Center With Brian Williams
Viewers: 4.77 million (#3), A18-49: 1.3/ 3 (#3)

 
  • calliebeckett

    A 1. something in demo, here we come.

  • elliegrll

    Today I’m not as sure that the X Factor will rebound next week, as I was yesterday.

    The schedule changes have hurt the show, and the show looking like America’s Got Talent isn’t going to help the ratings.

  • http://www.jstamers.com/ Jordan Seltzer

    Baseball has killed this show. Fox needs to figure this out for Season 3.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    It’s the schedule changes AND the fact that the East Coast still hasn’t fully recovered yet.  There are million still without power.  And even if they do get power, doesn’t mean their cable service is back in working order.

  • Klaine

    Time to admit xf is not a very good show & talent this year except maybe 1 or 2 are mediocre at best. Hard to see most in an idol top 10. Simon seems to push eblem3 & Carly rose seems like the best voice & one who’d fill the market for a young tween female popstar

  • girlygirltoo

    well the smart thing would be to simply not schedule any XF shows during the baseball postseason. Because baseball >>>>> XF in terms of what FOX cares about.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    That could be part of it, but that doesn’t seem to have affected the other shows, like the Big Bang Theory:

    CBS The Big Bang Theory 5.1/15 15.65

    This show is a beast!
     

  • Mateja Praznik

    Acts on XF USA not good enough? They all wipe the floor with that talentless dude that won American Idol season 12.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Corey/100001242253711 Chris Corey

      X Factor is tanking not because of power outages, baseball, or any other excuse its tanking because its SIMPLY AN AWFUL SHOW. The Live shows this far has been so bad I am thinking of turning i off until the finale. Britney Spears has been nothing but a bomb as all she says u were amazing and blah lah. LA Reid sucks and especally after he ditched the strongest cntestant from his team last night, Demi is the only saving grace and Simon just looks tired and he i awful on this show. Simon deserves this failure, he was so smug uring his last Idol season,phoned it in and didn’t want to be there. Truth of matter is Idol soared without him. Ratings went up in first Tyler/Lopez season because season 10 had great talent. Season 11 slipped but i still found a worthy winner in Phillp whose Home has been a massive success. Plus the Voice premiring and being so much better than X Factor with great coaches chemistry, better format and just a much better show. America doesn’t need three singing shows. Two should suffice in Voice and Idol. Honestly how long you think Simon will be begging for his old Idol gig back.  I bet Simon returns to Idol in 2014. Simon needs Idol more than they need him.

  • http://twitter.com/Lutrell4 Ira

    While critiquing one of he singers, Simon spoke of his perceived disconnect that she had with the lyrics, and that critique could extend to the show as well. For whatever reason, this year’s show is not connecting with the audiences.

    Why?

  • http://twitter.com/shoriagirl Shoriagirl

    American Idol Season 12 did not happen yet, LOL.

  • elliegrll

    Acts on XF USA not good enough? They all wipe the floor with that talentless dude that won American Idol season 12.

    This person isn’t known yet.  I hope that he or she will be better than the people who performed on last night’s X Factor.  I don’t know if the mediocre talent is to blame for the poor ratings.  I don’t think that’s a huge issue yet.  It’s not as much of a problem as the singers being given songs that the aren’t comfortable with, or as in the case of Arin and a few others, dancers, choreography, etc. that distracts from their performances.  I’d also put some blame on the fake crowd noise, which makes it hard to take the show seriously, and also distracts from the contestants.  It’s hard to see the show as anything other than America’s Got Talent, when you really can’t hear the contestants.

  • Larc

    At least XF was consistent.  It was #3 in demo and total viewers throughout both hours.  Good thing The Voice was a rerun.  If it had been the live show, XF might have been a consistent #4.

  • http://twitter.com/jepriy Jepoy Ramos

    The talent so far has been underwhelming. The show seems unorgainzed. Britney’s wearing an ear piece so she could be fed what to say. And Khloe is not a good host. Thank goodness for Mario. Only good thing in this show.

  • Mateja Praznik

     Oh, right. 11. I hope season 12 winner can at least sing in tune. I’m hoping for a female winner, but I’m not holding my breath.

  • springboard2

    Oh, right. 11. I hope season 12 winner can at least sing in tune. I’m
    hoping for a female winner, but I’m not holding my breath.

    Singing in tune on a show has little to do with post show success. See One Direction.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Corey/100001242253711 Chris Corey

     Btw how much is the Voice goig to SLAUGHTER THE X Factor next week head tohead? I predict even lower ratings. Maybe X Factor will go up once in December everyone is practiclly in repeats. Season 3 of X Factor is going to have major major overhauls. This show is not only lower than America’s Got Talent, its lower than Big Brother which is a cheap sumer show.

  • HermeticallySealed

    Not a fan of PP, but his single is 2x platinum, still selling and being played on the radio.  More than anyone from XF US can say.

  • elliegrll

    I can’t trash Britney, since she has serious issues, but you’d think that they could feed her more than two or three lines.  It doesn’t do her any favors by making her just repeat the same three phrases.

    Ditto on the show looking disorganized.  

  • fantoo1

    Not at all. He might not be your cup of tea, but there is no denying that he has had better performances than a lot of these people-Paige Thomas, Willie Jones, Sister C, for example.

  • fantoo1

    Singing in tune on a show has little to do with post show success. See One Direction.

    Preach it! I would even say Phillip is more talented than those boys.

  • hcpoirot

    Simon is wrong and he had to admit it. He chose Britney and Khloe because they are famous. Not because if they can be a great judge/mentor and host.

    THis can be also be the same for Idol when next season live round begin  when Mariah and Nicki started to comment live.

    Both Idol and X factor should just pick the judges who can articulate well and give positive and some critic comment. Not the judges who is the famous and still selling singers.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “I hope season 12 winner can at least sing in tune.”

    I hope so too, but that is no longer a priority for Idol.

  • Mateja Praznik

     Are we talking about Phillip Phillips? Because he was horrible every week.

    I watched the first live performance show on XF USA and while there were some sound issues, I think it was comparable to what you hear on various award shows. Some performers sing better than others. I didn’t hear any trainwrecks. I liked most song choices and there were some great re-arrangements. I wish they would let Brian Friedman do his thing 100%, like on XF UK.

  • jpfan2

    If the XF can find anyone who achieves 1/2 the success P2 already has with Home it’ll be a miracle. The show is a cheesy mess and all the performers actually lack…the X Factor (which I assume is charisma). ;0

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    And what were the Annual CMA Awards’ ratings last week?… Oh yeah. They weren’t on last week. It just feels like they’re on every week.

    *****

    As for X-Factor, maybe it’s a cultural thing.

    Granted, American Idol has had 11 seasons to do it, but it’s become a very American show. From the way it advertises itself (very down home, heartland-ish) to the emphasis on the aspirational aspect rather than the dollar amount. From the build-up over the season such that contestants who “merit it” and make it farther move on to the bigger stage and get more bells and whistles to the “relative” ability to choose your own songs, tailor them to your style, and not be hindered by a judges’ choice, i.e., making it on your own terms, based on your own talent. A rugged individualism type thing.

    It’s interesting, though. The Voice has a lot in common with X-Factor in terms of its structure: pitting judges against each other, making the judges the stars, and giving the judges control over the contestants and yet it’s more popular.  However, maybe the judges are just more appealing and are certainly more equal in stature. (None lord it over the rest, like Simon rules the X-Factor roost.) Plus, for all its “conceit” about finding a great voice, The Voice — for all intents and purposes — is really a celebrity game show, masquerading as a talent show. I don’t think it takes itself too seriously, so the audience doesn’t either. The X-Factor tries to straddle that by trying to be both an over-the-top extravaganza while still “seriously” looking for someone who deserves to win 5 million dollars. In contrast, to them both, American Idol takes itself very seriously and so the audience buys into its sales pitch much more easily.

  • fantoo1

     Are we talking about Phillip Phillips? Because he was horrible every week.

    I think he honestly only had one or two bad weeks, but he had some great weeks also-remember Volcano, U Got It Bad, Home-they were all great. The contestants this year will he lucky to even have a fraction of his success. And I’m not even a real fan of his.

    I didn’t hear any trainwrecks.

    oh I did, lol.

  • ptslittlecomment

    No secret here that I don’t watch the X-Factor, but I thought I would add the comments from what little buzz I have heard from friends and other TV shows discussing it. Ninety-nine percent of what I have heard is a discussion of Britney’s use of the word “amazing” for most if not all the contestants. Access Hollywood even ran a montage of it last night. I have seen only one post from a friend on facebook about  a contestant. 

    Looks like Steven’s overuse of the word “Beautiful” or Randy’s patent on “Dawg” have some competition.

  • irockhard

    That is no longer a priority for the music biz in general.

  • chillj

    I actually think the show has killed the show.

  • Myrrna

    What a shock! People can’t stand Simon the Asshat! Who would have ever thought that would happen? Hahahahahahahahahaha! 

    I think maybe changing the other judges again will be sure to save this Simonwreck. Maybe more dancers. I know, let’s go with 4 hosts, that will work for sure. As long as they don’t change Simon (I bully children for money) Cowell, everything is sure to work out just swell.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    None of these shows take themselves too seriously. Some pretend better than others. What all of them take seriously are the ratings.

    And WOW for X-factor ratings! I wasn’t expecting this!

  • http://twitter.com/50watts Ronald Watts

    Hurricane  Sandy must not like X-Factor either cause she has no problem with The Voice who’s numbers keep climbing. So can we stop blaming Sandy for X-Factors problems. The truth is this show wears it blantant manipulation on it’s sleeve.

  • HermeticallySealed

     I would venture that anyone who went back to the 20′s thru 90′s would find the same thing to be true. 

  • irockhard

    Before the invention of autotune singing in tune was necessary but pitch perfect vocals has never been necessary outside of the Broadway and opera worlds. The vast majority of people who watch these shows don’t give a flying f*ck about pitch perfect vocals they just want to be entertained. The same goes for the vast majority of people who buy records and pay to see live acts, they just want to have a good time, they don’t care about the odd bum note here or there.

  • Larc

    Maybe the pop music-buying public has been fed crap for so long now that many of them have developed a taste for it.  ;)

  • Larc

    Maybe the pop music-buying public has been fed crap for so long now that many of them have developed a taste for it.  ;)

  • blackberryharvest

     

    I didn’t hear any trainwrecks.

    A lot of them were trainwreck material-Paige, Jason, Lyric145, Lylas, and Arin for example.

  • mikaylaislove

    Double liked. Well said

  • OffLeash

    Yikes at the XF ratings LOL. Not surprising considering it’s such a tacky, mean-spirited mess of a show. Ugh… 

  • girlygirltoo

    I thought I read that the Voice’s numbers were down this week (not for last night’s repeat, but for the Monday/Tuesday show)?

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    That seems to be no longer a priority in any singing show. Or in live performing for that matter.

  • irockhard

    It’s not necessary to be a pitch perfect vocalist in order to make good music, it never has been, too many examples from history and today to cite.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    There is a vast difference between hitting a bum note here or there and artists who sing a good portion of a song so out of tune that it makes you cringe. The majority of singers who make it to the top 4-6 on these singing contest shows have the vocal ability to keep the viewers at home from cringing through half of the song. They might hit a few bum notes every once in a while, but usually their vocals are in tune and pleasant to listen to.

    There have been a few exceptions, of course. ;)

  • mikaylaislove

    “I think it was comparable to what you hear on various award shows.”

    Lol, on American award shows?

    ” I didn’t hear any trainwrecks. I liked most song choices and there were some great re-arrangements.”

    A few of them were ok, for the rest I literally felt second-hand embarrassment.

    “I wish they would let Brian Friedman do his thing 100%, like on XF UK.”

    I think that would be a big mistake. Simon needs to fire anyone associated with the UK show (including himself as producer.) the concept of the show can still work, but with a slightly fresh American interpretation of his ideas. TheVoice was right to make changes.

  • irockhard

    What viewers at home? The viewers who crowned Lee and P2 winners?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000075236182 Diana Adams Tyler

    A lot of people were out of electricity which surely affected ratings.  I had to miss the CMAs for the first time ever and hated it.  Our elec didnt come back on until Friday evening and a lot of people here in WV still are out.

  • calliebeckett

    From what I’ve read, X Factor US is even more over the top than X Factor UK! 

    Everything needs to be toned down in this show. The sing offs were better!

  • wkstrack

    Has anyone seen this? Demi was upset with XF producers for messing up he contestants’ performances it seems and taking control. 

    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/entertainment/news/demi-lovato-angry-on-x-factor-16233062.html#ixzz2B76CFQMQ

    I dont’ think the ratings will get any better. IMO the talent is better this season than last but man, the show really needs to tone down on the OTTness.

  • mileyfan123

    I’m actually shocked at how bad those ratings are. If this isn’t a one week blip and the ratings stay that low or continue to go down….this bodes very badly for the future of x factor. I know that the show was renewed for a third season, but they aren’t going to have the same budget so they won’t be able to bay someone like Britney…so I would think the ratings would go down even more.

  • mileyfan123

     This wouldn’t surprise me. Demi looked pissed both nights. It wasn’t the same bubbly Demi we saw before.

  • elliegrll

    As for X-Factor, maybe it’s a cultural thing.

    I was just thinking that the American Idol version of Simon has a lot to do with why US viewers might have a problem with the X Factor’s production style.  American Idol judge Simon would have told people like Jason, that they don’t belong on the show, and that they should be on broadway.  He would have trashed the emphasis on performance style over vocal ability.  If it’s early Simon, he would get on those who change up a song from it’s original meaning.  Willie, Chris Rene, and practically anyone who has made it to the live shows wouldn’t have stood a shot of getting the approval of AI version Simon.

    Simon played a huge role in molding the AI audience into expecting certain things, so he it’s not going to be easy for him to just change the rules with the XF, and expect people to follow along.

  • Incipit

    Interesting, if true, wkstrack. Still don’t know if what was televised were her plans or the reported last minute changes…whichever, it wasn’t a good set of concepts. Seems Brian Friedman is being painted as the Bad Guy here…although I always find it disingenuous when reporters say “The Producers” en mass – when Cowell is running the show. They work for him.

  • girlygirltoo

    I think that XF is too OTT. It is almost cartoonish in the production, the crazy costumes, the backup dancers, etc. It just overwhelms the majority of the performers. I don’t know how many of you remember The Gong Show, but that’s what XF reminds me of far too often — I just want to get out a mallet and hit the gong, just to make the performances stop.

    It’s too bad, because many of the contestants are talented (even if most of them have little real chance of being commercially successful). But the performers just get swallowed up by all the OTT craziness going on around them. 

  • elliegrll

    I think it was comparable to what you hear on various award shows.

    I think that the problem with this is that with awards shows people are familiar with the songs and the artists, so it’s easier for the artists to get away with a performance that’s more about the visual, the dancers, etc than the actual vocal performance.   But, with a talent show, people want to have a chance to get to know the contestants, and that’s not going to happen, if the focus is on everything else but them, and they get lost on the stage among the dancers, crowd noise, and music.  

    The contestants on the X Factor acted like they didn’t know how to respond to everything that was going on.  Quite a few of them looked uncomfortable, and like they’d really appreciate giving a performance, where it was just them, a microphone, and a simple backing track or instrumental.  

  • blackberryharvest

    You make a great point, and wasn’t he also against young teenagers on these shows? With the exception of a few, he always seemed to give the teenage contestants on idol a hard time.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    That being said … a lot of the people working on these shows are also American, like Brian Friedman and the FOX executives, so they should have a clue. But, they are also in television which doesn’t like to change a “winning formula.” So, basically, they took the UK X-Factor — which is successful there — and just tried to transpose it on the U.S.

    It reminds me of “The Office.” Remember when it debuted in the U.S., they basically took the scripts of the first “series” — as they call it — and filmed them the same way in the U.S. It was NOT a great fit and the series only took off after that period, when they began to produce and write the show to fit an American audience and their sensibilities. But, of course, of all the artistic mediums, comedy is very culture specific — especially wordplay and higher level comedy as opposed to site gags.

    Maybe there are elements of these talent/variety shows which are equally subject to specific likes and dislikes of the society it’s trying to appeal to.

  • springboard2

    Very good point, but I think that the Simon Cowell factor also plays a part.

    He is a control freak and has been very hand on with his shows, and I think that he is losing it because success has gone to his head and he has lost his touch. He has always been ego driven, but now he has also become a condescending dull figure who is treating judges (see Cheryl Cole),  contestants, networks (UK ITV), and the audience with contempt.

    And as a judge, like him or hate him, he used to be entertaining, now he is now boring.
    He is just not who he used to be, and this is catching up on him on both sides of the Atlantic.

  • Karen C

    I was just thinking that the American Idol version of Simon has a lot to do with why US viewers might have a problem with the X Factor’s production style. American Idol judge Simon would have told people like Jason, that they don’t belong on the show, and that they should be on broadway. He would have trashed the emphasis on performance style over vocal ability. 

    I think this is part of the issue, but I think there is also a cultural difference. American Idol has evolved to be a show where a contestant can really show their vocal ability, musicianship, and originality. The British version, Pop Idol, didn’t evolve as much, and was cancelled when the X Factor came on.  This might be a cultural preference, because maybe a more low-key production is preferred by the American viewers of these type of shows, where the more OTT production is preferred by British audiences. The cultural difference might be why American Idol does better in the US, while X Factor is doing better in the UK.

    I’ve actually been watching some of X Factor UK and have been in chats, and have found many viewers like the more OTT contestants, and they go much further in the competion than they ever would either on the US version, and definately not AI.  Also, a few years ago, there was a contestant that did his own arrangements, and the UK viewers said they hadn’t seen a contestant like that before.  I have also noticed that in the UK, many of the former contestants mainly release cover albums even after they are off the show, and they do very well, where they probably wouldn’t here  except for the Idol albums.

    I also think US viewers have come to prefer where contestants can make their own song choice, and make their own arrangements.  And I know they don’t have total control, but they have much more of a choice than they seem to on X Factor, and that might be why some contestants seemed to do better on their auditions, when they can pick their own music.