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"The X Factor"

Half the Show Of "Idol"

9/22/2011 8:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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The big "X Factor" premiere last night fell way short of Simon Cowell's expectations -- earning just over half the ratings "American Idol" got during its premiere in January.

Simon's new show averaged an 8.7 rating, while the tenth season premiere of "Idol" pulled in a 16.4 -- and in last night's head-to-head ... "Modern Family" and "Criminal Minds" won out.

Simon called in to TMZ Live yesterday -- telling us, he desperately wanted to beat out his alma mater in the ratings department ... but based on last night's performance, that's gonna be an uphill battle.

To be fair -- the first ever episode of "American Idol" only scored a 6.1 in 2002 ... and has since had years to build a loyal audience. Then again, singing competitions were new back then.

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46.

James    

X-Factor has a great feel and modern look. Much more entertaining judges and handsome host. American Idol feels like a tired Beauty Pageant, with aging asexual host Seacrest. X-Factor has more suspense. It will grow on people, with 5 million at stake. And added bonus of not having to watch Lopez and Tyler.
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941 days ago
47.

James    

I though the show was great, the look, the pace felt new. Much better format than going through the Idol routine. Host much hotter than that tired Seacrest. Good seeing Paula and Simon together. Give it time. Much more suspense than Idol. Gets to the point. You complainers aren't really watching the freaks on Idol. You've fallen into a boring routine. Idol is like watching a beauty pageant rerun

941 days ago
48.

S    

I live in Florida, and they might have had better ratings if FOX wasnt trying to charge some cable companies here tons of money to carry their cannel!! I couldn'*****ch because my cable provider is one of those companies and currently we do not have FOX, and will continue to not have FOX until they come to angreement!! I have no clue how long that's going to take either! THANKS FOX FOR BEING SO GREEDY!!!

941 days ago
49.

AntiSocialForum.com    

What's the difference between X-Factor & American Idol? Only flipped though a couple times. Only difference I saw was American Idol has predominantly blue lighting and graphics and X-Factor has predominantly red lighting and graphics.

941 days ago
50.

nof    

The show should be about Who-Has-The-Most-Nerve.


Not who Gushes-the-most, we've seen & we know Gush.


-If we follow this line of thinking?


-Then last nights' winner?


...The Dude that dropped his pants...


-I say make him a regular.

What was Funny about that: Paula made it be about Paula.


-Which is why I love Paula so much!

941 days ago
51.

nof    

What I'm Now Wondering Dept.


If the simple act of a dude's pants falling down/staying down?


Is enough to make Paula chuck her dinner?


Which Grimm's Fairy Tale - is Paula Abdul living?


Hasn't she ever been down, and to Venice Beach?

941 days ago
52.

Tishcat    

It was pretty obvious who the target market was - The African American performers were great - the White performers were jokes - I watched 3/4 of the show - will no*****ch it again. Reverse racism for sure

941 days ago
53.

Tishcat    

It was pretty obvious who the target market was - The African American performers were great - the White performers were jokes - I watched 3/4 of the show - will no*****ch it again. Reverse racism for sure

941 days ago
54.

Rosie    

I was so excited about the X-Factor Premier. Unfortunately, I was terribly disappointed in the talent. I must be missing something but the talent was not good. The girl that they gave a standing ovation was horrible! Two years ago Simon would have kicked her to the curb. And the "Flasher" left me horrified! Cheryl Cole was a much better choice for the judge. The whole show was such a disappointment. I'm sorry Simon.

941 days ago
55.

Stupid People Hater    

I don't think there will be a season 2. America is burnt out of these reality singing type shows and reality shows in general.

941 days ago
56.

hotbitch    

I'd like to speak for the masses and say that Nicole SUCKS. She is the lamest person ever.

941 days ago
57.

StarFleetVeteran    

This made me LOL. Can you say American Idol ripoff anyone? I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm damned TIRED of shows like this. Reality TV is the bane of television. Give us actual shows please!

941 days ago
58.

Caroline    

They should have kept Cheryl. I think people would have liked her, Geordie accent and all. Nicole seems fake. And 'The Voice' has probably stolen some of X-Factor's thunder because it has a similar format.

941 days ago
59.

gigi    

I liked Nicole! I don't know why people hate Nicole. I admit I didn't really watch much of show because I wasn't that interested so I didn't see the part where Cheyrl was on. The show was boring anyways.

941 days ago
60.

Rage    

I bailed mid-show...
no reason to watch it without Cheryl anyway

941 days ago
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