The X Factor's performance finale was even with last week's 2.7 18-49 demo rating and 8.29 million viewers from 8pm, winning the night overall.
CBS's A Home for the Holidays With Rascal Flatts special won a 0.9 rating and 4.99 million viewers at 8pm.
ABC's 20/20: The Year With Katie Couric earned a 1.6 rating (5.40m) at 9.30pm, up a tenth from last year's special year-end review.
NBC's coverage of the 2012 Miss Universe Competition won a 1.8 score (6.12m) at 8pm, rising two tenths from last year.
Chicago Fire rose half a ratings point from 1.4 to 1.9 (6.56m) at 10pm.
Elsewhere, the rest of the evening was dominated by repeats, with the highest score going to ABC's Modern Family with 1.8 (5.74m) at 9pm.