Monday, May 20, 2024

“X Factor” Hobbled Again in Ratings by Every Show in its Time Period


Last night between 8 and 10pm people watched a lot of TV. But the show they watched the least was “The X Factor.” Simon Cowell’s dying on the vine contest finished last in total number of viewers in that time period. From “Criminal Minds” to “Survivor” to “Modern Family,” the evening was a blood bath for “The X Factor.” The show grabbed 5.5 million viewers. “Criminal Minds” by contrast: 12.29 million. “The X Factor” was ranked 7th for the period between 8 and 10pm, losing to shows I’ve never even heard of. (“Back in the Game”?) If tonight proves historically accurate, the “X Factor” numbers will be down again. Thursday shows are always a fall off from Wednesday. “American Idol” had better be looking at this. They’re next.

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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