TV tonight: 'The X Factor' finale and 'The Year' on ABC looks back at 2013

Robin Roberts looks back on the biggest stories of 2013 tonight on ‘The Year.’ Photo: Wikimedia/The Year

WASHINGTON, December 19, 2013–Tonight “The X Factor” will reveal its season three champion, but does anyone really care? Unlike “The Voice” on NBC, “The X Factor” on FOX has had a dismal ratings season. So dismal in fact, that the show has yet to be renewed for a fourth season.

The ratings woes of “The X Factor” can be blamed in part on the stiff competition it faces in its time slot, but ultimately it boils down to viewer fatigue with competitive reality shows in general. “The Voice” is the only talent show among the many to hold on to its audience, and even its ratings are mediocre when compared to past seasons of “American Idol.”

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In its prime “Idol” consistently attracted almost 30 million viewers, but last season’s finale only had 14.31 million people tuning in. All the networks have been scrambling to reinvent their “Idol” look-alikes, but maybe they should consider replacing them with quality scripted shows, or add a little camouflage to their stage sets instead.

Better yet, maybe FOX should dump “The X Factor” and give “Duck Dynasty” a new home since A&E feels compelled to censure the cast of its most lucrative reality show. Whether we agree or disagree with Phil Robertson’s views on homosexuality is irrelevant. If people don’t like his comments, they always have the option to turn the channel. Time for a reality check A&E. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.

For a recap of the biggest stories of 2013, tune in tonight at 9 p.m. on ABC for “The Year.”

According to a press release:

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“From the Boston Marathon bombing and Cleveland kidnapping, to the George Zimmerman and Jodi Arias trials; from twerking to binge-watching; from a new Pope and a new Royal baby, to the headline-making celebrity romantic breakups and shakeups; from the breakout heroes like Malala — who inspired the nation and the world — to the public figures who fell from grace, as well as the icons who said goodbye, 2013 has been an eventful year.”

One story not mentioned in the press release is tonight’s host Robin Roberts’ return to “Good Morning America” in February after her life threatening battle with MDS. Roberts chose to share her battle with the disease by documenting it in the Peabody winning program “Robin Roberts’ Journey.”

As a result of her choice to go public with her condition, “Be the Match Registry,” a nonprofit organization run by the “National Marrow Donor Program,” experienced a 1,800% spike in donors the day Roberts went public with her illness.

ESPN acknowledged Roberts’ impact by awarding her the 2013 “Arthur Ashe Courage Award.” Her bravery and perseverance in dealing with her condition is an example we can all learn from, and the reason I’ll be watching Robin Roberts tonight.

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