Monday, April 15, 2024

TV Ratings: Simon Cowell’s “X Factor” Loses to “Big Brother,” Hits Series Low


Simon Cowell has bigger problems than fathering his best friend’s wife’s child. His “X Factor” hit a series low on Wednesday night and lost to CBS’s “Big Brother.” This, according to And it’s worse than that: The “X Factor” premiere at 8 pm had just over 6 million total viewers. At 9pm on NBC, another similar show, “America’s Got Talent,” had 9.79 million. The startling drop in “X Factor” ratings could be because the show is bad. But it also could be attributed to Cowell’s negative publicity of late. The scandal involving him, his best friend, and the friend’s wife– which includes fathering a child with the wife– may have turned viewers off to the once hated and loved “American Idol” host. What’s also interesting is that on Fox, more people tuned in at 9pm to see “Master Chef,” having not seen “X Factor.” Stay tuned…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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