Tuesday, April 16, 2024

“X Factor” Ratings Rocked: Beaten Handily by Sitcom Reruns, Big Brother


This week may be a key one for Simon Cowell’s “The X Factor” show. Last week, upon its return, “X Factor” was beaten handily on both o fits nights. On Wednesday, “X Factor” lost to “Big Brother.” On Thursday, the talent show took a beating from a rerun of “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS. You can only imagine what happens when “Big Bang Theory” comes with new shows against “X Factor.”

The fact that Cowell’s show is sinking may be just part of the overall downward trend of these competition shows. “American Idol” faces extinction next winter if it doesn’t have a revival. “X Factor” was supposed to be its successor. First the rerun beat it. Then “Big Brother” had 6.49 million viewers in the second hour of “X Factor.”

(Two things there– one, how is it possible anyone would watch two hours of “X Factor” without killing themselves? And second, it’s not like “Big Brother” is “Downton Abbey” or “Breaking Bad.” Maybe the viewers were mental patients, a la the famous Nielsen family joke “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman”.)

Will “X Factor” find some interesting contestants and take off? Or are in for the weekly show in decline story? Stay tuned…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
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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