X Factor

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.

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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.
CBS:
Elementary (R) 6.7 million (1.3)
NBC: Rock Center with Brian Williams 3.5 million (0.8)