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Ratings: X-Factor Premiere Loses Out To The Voice, AGT

The competition between singing competitions kicked off with a bang last night. Fox's "The X Factor" went head-to-head with both NBC's "The Voice" and "America's Got Talent" programs in separate hours, with Simon Cowell's show losing out to both.

Simon Cowell

The season premiere of "X Factor" averaged 8.5 million viewers, down over 3.5 million from last year's premiere. Speculation was that the off-season shake-up of the judge's panel might see a jump in ratings success for the singing competition, as both Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul left the show and pop superstar Britney Spears fill the void. It didn't pay off, however, as night three of "The Voice" drew a whopping 10.7 million viewers for NBC from 8-9pm versus "X Factor"'s 7.5 million. The news wasn't all bad for Fox, as the second hour of their program grew its audience to 9.5 million viewers, still losing out to NBC's "America's Got Talent" finals which pulled in 11 million.

One would think a judge of a singing competition would be up for a little competition for himself. However, Cowell had voiced irritation regarding NBC's move to put "The Voice" on three nights up against his show. "I think it's mean-spirited and I hope and I pray that it backfires on them because this is one of the best shows we've ever made," Cowell said during a September 6th conference call. "I am pissed off about it. I think of it as kind of a gentleman's agreement, but you have to rely that the viewers will make the right selection. I think three nights in a row [for 'The Voice'] is too much."

What's wrong with a little friendly competition, Simon?


Details
Show:
- The X Factor (US)
- The Voice (US)
- America's Got Talent
Person:
- Simon Cowell

Written by: kyleiam
Sep 13th, 2012, 3:44 am

rtruell

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Since: 17/Apr/12
Message Posted On Sep 14th, 2012, 7:46 am

Well, what do you know...Simon got it right.  More people *did* choose to watch The Voice rather than X Factor.  Son-of-a-gun!  And here I thought most people would be like me...not watch *either* of them!  :-)

 

Anonymous

Message Posted On Sep 14th, 2012, 3:53 am
The X-Factor comes off contrived with no authenticity. You can't help feeling nothing is as it seems down to Simon Cowells inability to connect honestly with anything other than his own eago. His attempts to come off sensitive and caring this season is so unbelievable it's almost embarrassing. The obnoxious,narcositic british yob is finally our of vogue!
tinalessia

Level 2 (74%)
Since: 12/Oct/07
Message Posted On Sep 13th, 2012, 2:45 pm

I'm not particularly fond of The Voice myself, and AGT has to get the ratings at this point since it's the finale. I am really not a fan of Miss Spears or Demi Lovato but there is no other place to get me a little Simon fix :)

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