TV Ratings Report: Disappointing Debut for The X Factor

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Because Simon Cowell openly invited comparisons to American Idol this spring, admitting his goal was for The X Factor to surpass that Fox sensation in total viewers, last night's premiere must be considered a disappointment.

The X Factor was not even the most-watched premiere of the evening.

That distinction belonged to Modern Family, whose back-to-back episodes earned the Emmy-winning sitcom 14.3 million viewers. Cowell and company debuted with 12.1 million. Elsewhere:

  • Revenge garnered 11.4 million and was the most popular ABC premiere at 10 p.m. on Wednesdays in four years. It beat out Ted Danson's debut on CSI (12.6 million).
  • The Middle reached a series high with 9.6 million households tuning in.
  • Up All Night (6 million) fell by 38 percent from its opening episode.
  • Harry's Law (7.6 million) was down 45 percent from last year's premiere.
  • America's Next Top Model (1.6 million) dropped 22 percent from a week ago.
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Modwild

Nothing would make me happier than if the X Factor lead the way for the demise of the competition show. Simon isn't golden. AWESOME!!

Eagleone

Cheryl Cole was fun to watch and very beautiful. She also has experience with the UK show, so WHY Simon WHY ?
! I loved her accent too..