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This must hurt. “The X Factor” is just not doing well. We all know it. But on Wednesday night there was an added insult: Kelly Clarkson’s Christmas special had more total viewers than Simon Cowell’s competition. The irony of course is that Clarkson was discovered on Cowell’s “American Idol” and was the very first winner of that show.

“X Factor” was the eleventh–yes 11th– most watched show on Wednesday night. That’s also rough news. From 8 to 10 pm “X Factor” had 4.97 million viewers. It was up against another singing competition on NBC called “The Sing Off.” That show had 6.03 million viewers. Ouch!

Later on NBC, Clarkson’s Christmas special came on at 10pm and scored 5.31 mil viewers. Indeed, if you take away the shows on the almost non existent CW network, “X Factor” had the lowest total audience of any show on Wednesday night.

The people at “American Idol” had better be watching this news. If they haven’t made severe changes for the upcoming season, they’re going to be in the same predicament.

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15 replies to this post
  1. X Factor singers are pretty good this Season, in spite of the Show seeming to be pitched to a Telemundo demographic. Demi Lovato is the most overrated phony musical star that I have seen. Yuck. Disney was her peak.. Her scripted faux spiffs with Simone are non -entertainment at its worst.
    Maybe pitch the show to a broader American and mature audience again and Simone might turn the ship around.

  2. American Idol’s number will continue to fade, but not, as the author might think, as much as X-Factor’s. The X Factor has so many thing wrong and working against it, it’s not even remotely fair to compare it to Idol. Sure, AI has seen it’s rating fall steadily, but it still gets decent ratings when compared to other shows it’s competing against. I tell ya what Roger Friedman, you give me a call when AI is the least watched show of the evening (minus CW programming). That’s not happening this season. As for Mess Factor, I’ll be glad to see it go.

  3. It was a really fun and cute little Christmas special and she was great. Just what we wanted to ease into Christmas time. It was like something out of the 1960s, with a bit of updating for the 21st century and her songs and voice were just beautiful and amazing. Rock-on Kelly Clarkson!

  4. The source of XFactorUSA’s ills can be traced primarily to the lack of quality talent discovered during the auditon phase. This leads to less talent to use in the boot camp stage, which was disappointing in Season 2 and altogether eliminated this year. Then, the addicting Judges Houses stage was similarly nixed in favor of a cheaper, four-chair challenge format.

    If Simon can find a way to refresh the talent searching stage of the compeition to yield a volume of talent similar to what the show enjoyed in season 1 – Coupled with some of the new tweaks introduced this year – I think we would see the show rebound.

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