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X Factor Underwhelms: Premiere Ratings Way LOWER Than American Idol's

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It's a quiet start, but maybe it just needs to some time to gather some momentum? Maybe?

The preliminary numbers are in and the X Factor didn't do as well as we imagine FOX and Simon Cowell has hoped. The show averaged an 8.7 rating for the season premiere.

To put that into perspective, this past 10th season of American Idol pulled in a 16.4 rating, nearly double of Factor's numbers.

Like we said, they could've done better, but they also could've done much worse. The show needs to find its footing a bit and let audiences see that there are differences between it and Idol. We're not too worried about it, especially considering all the amazing talent that turned out just in last night's episode!

Did U tune in last night? If not, why not?!

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22 comments to “X Factor Underwhelms: Premiere Ratings Way LOWER Than American Idol's”



  1. 1

    I'm watching it now, it's wonderful and will do just fine. It's nice to see Simon and Paula back together!



  2. 2

    I called it two years ago!!!! Yay me!!! Everyone I know said Idol will fail. I said Idol will do well and Simon's show will not do as well. I was right!!!!!



  3. 3

    X Factor also faced a LOT more competition than Idol does. The second hour of The X Factor went up against Modern Family which no doubt hurt the rating. Idol premieres in January, and mid-season replacements never do as well as September premieres. The X Factor didn't underwhelm, just had a split audience.



  4. 4

    SWEET REVENGE, X Factor is a BIG FLOP. Simon you are a HORRIBLE person for firing Cheryl from the show, Simon you juggle people like they are nothing. CHERYL IS AWESOME ! from a proud American fan of Cheryl



  5. 5

    I watched X Factor with the total intention of completing hating it and I was way wrong……..LOVED IT! NIcole is a total waste of space however………



  6. 6

    Is America finally waking up to the glut of talent shows on the air? God, I hope so.



  7. 7

    I was unimpressed. Watched the first hour, and it was pretty predictable and underwhelming. Switched over to American's Next Top Model after the first half.

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    8

    I watched the first 30 min of it while changing it to H8R which was way better BTW, Anyway i thought it sucked and prefer American Idol



  9. 9

    Unlike the voice, X-Factor did not feel like a new show. It felt exactly like American Idol. LA Ried is supposed to be Randy Jackson (the glasses, the skin tone, the occupation), Paula and Simon back together and other person who is irrelevant. It is like American Idol. This is not a new show. Simon was totally wrong in bringing back Paula Abdul. A new show should….well be new. Simon, Paula and LA just feels like American Idol. Sorry…I was unimpressed. I'll stick to American Idol and The Voice. The Voice feels like a different show, X-Factor doesn't.



  10. 10

    personally i think everyone is getting tired of all of these talent competition shows. They are all the same pretty much. It's been done to death at this point.



  11. 11

    Exactly how is it different from Idol or AGT? It isnt. its the same mindless sh!t fed to the sheeple over and over and over while quality drama gets cancelled. Wake up America and switch this shit off



  12. 12

    I much prefer The Voice. Xfactor with Paula and Simon feels SO ten years ago. Also, there are too many Brits and I am sick of having that Cheryl Cole woman shoved down our throats on this website.



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  14. 14

    Probably because the show is OVERHYPED! There are wayyyy to many talent competition shows out there now American Idol, The Voice, So you Think you Can Dance, Americas Got Talent, Americas Best Dance Group, Dancing with the stars.. I mean really, talk about competition show over load!!!



  15. 15

    It's just the first show so how can you guys say it's definitely a flop? I personally enjoyed it! And Mario why would you compare The X-Factor's pilot to AI's 10th Season pilot?



  16. 16

    hahahahahahahahahahha I HATED GAY SIMON :( HE SUCKS !!! HE SHOULD BE DEPORTERD TO THE UK TODAY . THE VOICE STILL WAY WAY BETTER THAN THIS IDOL 2.0 SORRY BUT I DINDT EVEN KNOW THAT IT WAS ON… I CANT WAIT FOR NBCs THE VOICE 2TH SEASON…I LOVE XTINA !!!! SHE IS THE BEST VOICE IN MUSIC INDUSTRY AND I CANT WAIT FOR XTINAS 2012 NEW ALBUM !!!!!!!!!!! JEALOUS ??????? NOW SUCK IT !!



  17. 17

    UNLIKE MOVES LIKE JAGGER IS # 1 IN BILLBOARD AGAIN !!!! THANKS TO XTINA !!!!! SHE IS THE BEST VOICE POP SUPERSTAR IN THE PLANET !!!!



  18. 18

    The show was overhyped and felt like another talent show on TV. Their time slot was awful too. I watched the first ten minutes and changed the channel. One thing I do agree on is them getting rid of Cheryl.



  19. 19

    im actually shocked
    i was waiting for like 30 million viewers



  20. 20

    underwhelming, it is the correct word to describe it, nicol was acting and simon, paula and LA ried supporting her! i felt every thing was script, even christina aguilera did better!it is the first time to me to see paula and simon togther and they are arrogant,LA ried is better than simon!



  21. 21

    The truth is I am done with TV TALENT. Probably not alone in that feeling but COME ON Nicole is so FAKE and BORING, i actually tuned out because of her, dont know why but Cheryl seemed very cool to me, I wanted to get to know her. Fox should listen to the numbers, dump Nicole and go with 3 or bring in someone who MATTERS, Paula is in a coma and Nicole is a coma and everyone knows all the mentor shit X factor is talking about is a lie anyway. Bad choices



  22. 22

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!