By James Hibberd
Updated December 20, 2012 at 05:07 PM EST

Fox’s X-Factor performance finale led Wednesday night in the ratings, though slipped 18 percent from last year’s similar episode.

Simon Cowell’s singing competition series was seen by 8.3 million viewers and had a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating. That’s soft considering the show’s overall importance to the network and that it faced a weak playing field filled with repeats. Still, a win’s a win.

Over on NBC, the 61st Annual Miss Universe Pageant was up 13 percent from last year, while Chicago Fire jumped 36 percent from last week’s season low to top 10 p.m. (CSI was a repeat, which almost certainly helped).

Full chart:

ADULT DEMO RANK

ADULTS 18-49 RATING

TOTAL VIEWERS (+000

FOX

8-10P

X-FACTOR

#1

2.7

8,297

ABC

8:00P

MIDDLE

R

#6t

1.4

5,385

8:30P

NEIGHBORS

R

#8t

1.1

4,109

9:00P

MODERN FAMILY

R

#3t

1.8

5,747

930-11P

20/20

S

#5

1.6

5,400

CBS

8-9P

HOME4Holidays

S

#10

0.9

4,996

9-10P

CRIMINAL MINDS

R

#6t

1.4

6,455

10-11P

CSI

R

#8t

1.1

5,836

NBC

8-10P

MISS UNIVERSE

S

#3t

1.8

6,123

10-11P

CHICAGO FIRE

#2

1.9

6,562

CW

8-10P

NOEL

S

#11

0.3

1,618

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