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TV ratings: Barbara Walters' 'Most Fascinating People' up; 'X Factor' finals down over last year

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013There are a fair amount of reruns this week before the holidays, meaning the shows that aren't reruns have less competition -- and it paid off for Barbara Walters' "Most Fascinating People of 2013" special, which was the top show of the night and also up 1.2 million viewers over last year's broadcast.Elsewhere, "The X Factor" finals was up just slightly over last week, but down a couple million viewers from last year's finals. "The Sing-Off" was down from last week also.Walters' special led ABC to a win, as the alphabet network averaged 7.2 million viewers and a 4.9/8 share in households. The next three networks all finished fairly close together -- CBS was second with 5.96 million and a 3.9/7, NBC was third with 5.3 million and a 3.1/5 and FOX was fourth 5 million and a 3.2/5. The CW was last with 1.4 million and a... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/12/tv-ratings-barbara-walters-most-fascinating-people-up-x-factor-finals-down-over-last-yera.html

'The X Factor': Simon Cowell on Demi Lovato's replacement and Season 4 plans

Simon Cowell really thinks "The X Factor" will be back for a fourth season. Although it never became an "American Idol"-level ratings hit, the buzzy, viral performances that dominated the second half of Season 3 have not only translated into iTunes hits, but have also brought a new relevancy to the show. "I believe it will be back," Cowell tells Zap2it after the final performance show of the season."It will have a different look to it. And I think what it has proved -- particularly with what has happened on iTunes -- is that the show has a relevancy, that you can actually produce people who can sell records.  Otherwise it becomes a game show." He's actually known that Demi Lovato wasn't returning for a while, but it's up in the air whether the other two panelists -- Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio -- will come back too. "Demi I knew wasn't coming back because she... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/12/the-x-factor-simon-cowell-on-demi-lovatos-replacement-and-season-4-plans.html

‘X Factor’ Performance Finale: Jeff Gutt Dominates the Finals (Video)

Fox’s “X Factor” went into its season ( some may argue series ) finale on Wednesday with the three finalists singing three songs in order to convince America to hand them Season 3?s championship. The first song of the night was referred to as “the song they hope will get you to vote for them.” Isn’t that every song? Producers, this was a lazy idea for a category, but OK. Then, there was a duet with a professional singer and then the finalists reprised their favorite performances of the season.  Read More... http://www.thewrap.com/fox-x-factor-finale-performances-recap

'X Factor' finale: Alex and Sierra on their almost-proposal

For a split second during the first night of the "X Factor" Season 3 finale, it seemed like Alex Kinsey was about to propose to his fellow group member and girlfriend of several years, Sierra Deaton. It would've been a very "Catching Fire"-esque move, but Alex and Sierra never even considered taking their relationship to the next level -- especially not on national TV. "We're on the same page with that so I knew he wasn't," Sierra tells Zap2it backstage after their finale performance, "but I was just freaking out because I was like 'What are you going to say to me right now?'" Alex just wanted to express his gratitude to his better half. "This journey was because of her. I wouldn't have auditioned without her and I don't think we would've been in this position if we weren't here together," he tells Zap2it. "Mario [Lopez] gave me the opportunity to say something to... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/12/x-factor-finale-alex-and-sierra-on-their-almost-proposal.html

Watch All Carlito Olivero’s Performances: X Factor Finale — December 18, 2013

Does Carlito Olivero have what it takes to be crowned the winner of The X Factor 2013? We’ll find out soon enough. The X Factor’s Season 3 finale airs on December 18 and 19, and that means Carlito will be facing off against fellow Top 3 finalists Jeff Gutt and Alex & Sierra for his shot at the crown. The 24-year-old from Chicago has fought hard to stay in the competition, and that fighting spirit just might get himan X Factor win. We know it’s already won him the adoration of his fans... http://feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/jmWoLJn3zXU/2013-12-18-watch-carlito-olivero-finale-performance

Simon Cowell Confirms Demi Lovato's Exit From 'The X Factor (US)'

The show's creator says he 'always knew she wasn't coming back [for season 4] because she's touring.'  Read More... http://www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00066803.html

Watch All the Performances from X Factor Live Shows — December 18, 2013

It all comes down to this. After more than three months of stress, singing, and more stress, The X Factorhas its final Top 3and tonight (December 18) they'll fight to win it all. In the running are Alex & Sierra, Carlito Olivero, and Jeff Gutt. That means every judge but Demi Lovato has a horse in this race so expect competition to be fierce both on and off the stage. The three final acts will be performing during the two-hour Wednesday night show to try and get that final last surge of... http://feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/Q4wdzG6s0ZM/2013-12-18-watch-live-shows-december-18

Watch All Alex & Sierra’s Performances: X Factor Finale — December 18, 2013

Can you believe it? The X Factor Season 3 finale is here. This week, the final three contenders face off for that coveted title. During tonight’s December 18 show, we’ll watch Alex & Sierra, Jeff Gutt, and Carlito Olivero sing for their survival. Then we vote. And tomorrow, December 19, we finally get to learn who America has chosen as the winner of The X Factor 2013. There’s no doubt that plenty of people are betting on Alex & Sierra of Team Simon Cowell to win. Restless Road is... http://feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/WtblxXsSkqg/2013-12-18-watch-alex-sierra-finale-performance

Watch All Jeff Gutt’s Performances: X Factor Finale — December 18, 2013

It’s all coming down to this! Jeff Gutt may have beeneliminated before live shows during The X Factor 2012, but he didn’t let that setback stop him. Jeff tried out for the show’s 2013 season. The judges loved him. Audiences loved him. Now, Jeff has officially made it to The X Factor’s Season 3 finale. The proud papa is facing off against Carlito Olivero and Alex & Sierra for the Season 3 crown. If you ask us, he’s got a pretty good shot at winning it, too. The X Factor finale airs on... http://feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/ioL_jwkb9Ro/2013-12-18-watch-jeff-gutt-finale-performance

'X Factor' finals live blog: Jeff Gutt, Alex & Sierra and Carlito Olivero face off

It has all come down to this on "The X Factor" Season 3. The Top 3 -- Jeff Gutt, Alex & Sierra and Carlito Olivero -- are facing off to see who can bring home the title, recording contract and prize money. Who do you think will win?Join us here starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT for a live blog of the final night of performances. We can't wait to see what they've all got up their sleeves for the finale. It's two hours long, so will it be three performances per act?All times Eastern.8:02 -- The plinky-plunky strains of "I want to win so badly" play as Carlito arrives in a sweet town car, Jeff zooms up on his motorcycle and Alex & Sierra are whisked in by helicopter. Fancy.8:04 -- No matter how many seizure-inducing graphics and crazy Cylon dancers you throw at us, "X Factor," we're not convinced that these four will "rock... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/12/x-factor-finals-live-blog-jeff-gutt-alex-sierra-and-carlito-olivero-face-off.html
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