The X Factor Finale: Major Ratings Drop Since Last Year

This time last year The X Factor had just crowned Tate Stevens the Season 2 winner and the show was enjoying a boom in the ratings. The conclusion of 2012’s run earned a 3.1 rating for adults 18 to 49 — not a terrific number in the scheme of blowout TV shows (for comparison, the one-time CBS special of The Sound of Music Live had a 4.6 with more than 18.5 million viewers). But oh how great a 3.1 seems now at the tail end of X Factor’s third season. The December 19 finale’s two-hour...


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