Ratings: The X Factor Drops Hard Vs. Season 2 Premiere, NBC Quiz Show Slips Further

Ratings The X FactorSimon says… blimey!

Fox’s The X Factor on Wednesday night opened Season 3 with 6.2 million total viewers and a 2.1 demo rating — down 29 and 38 percent from its two-hour sophomore opener. (Versus last year’s fast nationals, X is off 27 and 36 percent.)

And for those who might wonder, those numbers represent half of what the singing competition debuted to in September 2011 (12.5 mil/4.4).

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Interestingly, per a TVLine reader poll, some 25 percent of previous X Factor viewers said they would not be tuning in for Season 3’s Simon/Demi/Kelly/Paulina combo. They told no lies!

MasterChef (6.2 mil/2.4) built on its X Factor lead-in, enjoying boosts of 17 and 14 percent week-to-week.

In head-to-head competition in the 8 o’clock hour, CBS’ Big Brother bested X Factor with 6.7 mil and a 2.2 (down a smidge week-to-week).

Over on NBC, Night 3 of Million Second Quiz (5.2 mil/1.2) was down 10 and 20 percent from Tuesday’s tallies (and even got matched in the demo by a Shark Tank rerun), America’s Got Talent (9.8 mil/2.1) dipped two tenths and the Camp finale (3.5 mil/0.9) added some viewers.

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  1. Eric says:

    Bye bye, X-Factor.

    • bis says:

      I agree. It may get axed early or more likely moved to an absolutely dead time slot. I think Simon had an iron clad guarantee for 3 seasons, and everything they’ve done to save money feels like a group resigned to running out the clock and saving face on the way out.

      I feel bad for the contestants, the real ones, not the plants and ringers. But post-Amaro, nobody auditioning should have gone into that show with an expectation of stardom.

      Hopefully Idol can hang on through another dreary season of Randy and JLo long enough to get a sparkly Welcome Back Simon sendoff before it folds as well.

  2. Chablis says:

    I enjoyed the XFactor. They made done good changes. So much on last night. Will take time for folks to acclimate. Master Chef ended, BB almost over. AGT ending. Most people prolly DVR it.

    Thing is dont understand why folks are so happy to see their low ratings ? If you don’t like it fine, but why bother commenting if you don’t?

    • JohnT says:

      Are you joking? There was nothing on last night. The regular season hasn’t even started yet so if the ratings are this bad against a few summer shows and reruns, imagine how bad they will get once the rest of the networks start rolling out their fall schedule over the next few weeks.

  3. JohnT says:

    Not to mention this season they were up against pretty much nothing where as last season they opened against The Voice. They should have seen the writing on the wall last season when Britney, arguably the biggest name in pop over the last 15 years, couldn’t even bring in the masses. Put a fork in it, the show is done.

  4. Stacey says:

    Cancel X Factor NOW before it gets to the live shows. Cancel the idea of putting BONES on Friday, and move it to Wednesday or back to Thursday before Glee. Would help their schedule. They wasted too many time slots on X Factor, to the detriment of their success. Without X Factor. Idol will go back to being Fox’s only reality show, and might show some fight. Of course they need extra shows to replace X Factor; but they could come up with something. X Factor can only go worse not better. Even if it’s ratings will raise slightly during the two hour episodes… It shows NO Britney. No viewers. Of course the viewers weren’t showing for Britney. But it’s gotten worse despite having no competition last night!

  5. RatingsPlummeting says:

    Ha….love it.

    I am surprised X-FACTOR was down THAT much — only because there was some Twitter buzz last night. But alas, I guess a lot of that was fabricated.

    Cancel it!

  6. Is there any chance of a CAMP renewal?

  7. connerc says:

    I didn’t realize fall tv was starting . I thought it was more like after the 20th. Is it on tonight? I’ll take a look.

  8. David4 says:

    MSQ is horrible. Ryan talks through the whole damn thing.

    “Wow! That last question… wow… The score is 9-7. Wow, close game. We are now under 200 seconds and the questions are now worth two points apiece. It’s a really close game at 9-7 and everyone is still in it for the biggest jackpot in game show history, let’s see the next question, but before we do we are now under 100 seconds and the questions are now worth 3 points, and three points can give Bob the lead away from Joe who is in the power chair!”

    It’s like shut up and ask the damn questions.

    • JCK says:

      Precisely, that’s why I stopped watching Who Wants To Be a Millionaire back when it had Regis. And why I don’t watch Are You Smarter. The pacing is agonizing. IMO Jeopardy has the best pacing of any game show ever with Wheel a close second [thanks to Merv Griffin in both cases].

      • David4 says:

        But in the case of Millionaire and Smarter the whole game isn’t based on time. Ryan is wasting time of what is supposed to be rapid fire questions. Just read the questions and move on, he can talk (and does) during the parts of the show where there are no time limits.

  9. alistaircrane says:

    You can’t replace Britney Spears with Kelly Rowland (LOL!) and Paulina Rubio (LMAO!) and expect the ratings to stay the same or grow.

    • Len says:

      Sure you can. Nothing wrong with a philosophy of Anyone But Britney, I’d watch milli vanilla and use them as talent judges before Britney.

    • Sokratis says:

      I have no Idea who Paulina Rubio is and she has already gotten on my nerves. Kelly rowland- been there done that…. Demi is way too young to be credible as a judge. And most importantly they have not at all made positive show changes. Why do they need to make them pretend they are talking to other contestants while waiting to sing, why can’t they just interview them?

  10. Mikael says:

    I think most people tuned in last year to see Britney, not the actual show. The ratings without her do not surprise me.

  11. Jared says:

    I guess that’s what happens when the X Factor has ZERO buzz with the judges panel. I’ll watch occasionally but once Arrow and The Tomorrow People premiere im out!

  12. Jenny says:

    The X factor is a huge bore. There’s just so much wrong with it. The panel is a complete joke with the exception of Simon ofc. Paulina and Demi hold te future of contestants in their hands?! Come on. Amateurs. I actually enjoyed Kelly. This show is a hot mess!

  13. Dizzle says:

    Wow…. Beaten by Masterchef and Big Brother. I mean, I love both those shows, but WOW. Just come back to the UK, Simon, our X-Factor’s at least still going strong!

  14. Bobby says:

    X-Factor and American Idol can go away forever I will not care one bit.

  15. DavidSask says:

    X Factor in America needs to die, it is not working here and this clearly proves it!!!

  16. Terry says:

    Hahah, couldn’t happen to a nicer guy!

  17. Christina says:

    X-Factor should have never been renewed for season 3. Writing was already on the wall

  18. Roberto says:

    X-Factor premiere wasn’t that nice, but last year some peple got really famous like “Fifth Harmony”,”Emblem 3″ and Carly Rose Sonenclare! It’s a good show, but they need more talented people and that looks like a popstar/rockstar

  19. Bob says:

    The X-Factor is terrible. Million Second Quiz is just soooooo boring.