The X Factor Season 2 finale topped Thursday, but dropped significantly from last year.
The two-hour closer averaged 9.6 million viewers and a 3.1 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, down 18 percent from the inaugural finale last December. However, the Fox series posted its best numbers in two months.
Best of 2012: Top TV moments of the year
ABC's CMA Country Christmas
(7.3 million, 1.5) was down from last year's special, while NBC's A White House Christmas
(8.4 million, 1.6) out-performed its usual comedies in both measures. Rock Center with Brian Williams (
3.5 million, 0.8) dipped a tenth.8 p.m.
CBS: The Big Bang Theory
(R) 10.9 million (2.8); Two and a Half Men
(R) 8.7 million (2.3)ABC: I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown
5.1 million (1.4)Fox: The X Factor
9.6 million (3.1) [8-10 p.m.] NBC: A White House Christmas
8.4 million (1.6)CW: The Vampire Diaries
(R) 980,000 (0.3)9 p.m.
CBS: Person of Interest
(R) 9.4 million (1.7)
ABC: CMA Country Christmas
7.3 million (1.5) [9-11 p.m.]NBC: The Office
(R) 3.1 million (1.0); Parks and Recreation
(R) 2.1 million (0.8)CW: Beauty and the Beast
(R) 880,000 (0.3)10 p.m.
(R) 6.7 million (1.3)NBC: Rock Center with Brian Williams
3.5 million (0.8)