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 conclusion earned a mere 1.7 with 6.2 million viewers. That’s only slightly better than A Charlie Brown Christmas, which ran simultaneously on rival channel ABC and saw 5.66 million people tune in. Maybe Simon Cowell should have tried punting a football.
That 1.7, although low, is an improvement for X Factor as a whole. This has been the worst season yet for the U.S. version of the reality TV show with last week’s Top 4 elimination show clocking in at 1.2 and the first part of the finale taking a 1.3 on Wednesday, December 18.
Then again, Season 3’s winners Alex & Sierra are arguably the most popular act to come out of the American take on the series thus far. If they can pull a One Direction in terms of post-finale success, perhaps that’ll be the cure for X Factor’s many ailments.