'X Factor' ratings surge for first live show


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If you live in Los Angeles and it seems gusty outside, that’s because all over town Fox executives and X Factor producers are breathing a massive sigh of relief.

The first live show surged in the ratings. That’s exactly what everybody associated with this competition series had hoped for, especially after the numbers slipped recently in the shadow of baseball coverage disrupting Fox’s schedule. In fact, X Factor‘s performance show delivered its highest rating since its premiere — 11.4 million viewers and a 4.3 among adults 18-49. That’s up 10 percent from last week, and Factor will probably tie its series premiere when the national ratings are released later today.

The question is: Will Simon Cowell’s grand primetime venture gather more viewers as it continues toward its first season finale? Or was the spike for last night’s event — which pared down the contestants from 17 acts to 12 finalists — a one-time thing?

The X Factor rise comes on the heels of Tuesday night’s announcement that the show will become the first TV series to allow voting by Twitter. The network and producers announced a partnership with the social media company that gives fans the ability to a vote for their favorite finalists via their Twitter accounts. Twitter voting starts on Nov. 2 and EW has more details here.

Meanwhile, ABC’s Dancing With the Stars (13.8 million, 2.5) dipped 4 percent despite eliminating a much-talked-about contestant.

Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing (9.8 million, 2.8) fell 10 percent, while Man Up! (6.7 million, 1.9) dropped 21 percent from last week’s premiere. Body of Proof (9.6 million, 1.9) was flat.  CBS had NCIS (19 million, 4.0) and NCIS: LA (15.9 million, 3.7) — both up slightly — and Unforgettable (11.3 million, 2.5), which was steady. NBC’s The Biggest Loser (5.5 million, 1.9) was steady.

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  • Dan

    “Pared down,” James, not “paired down.” Come on, get an editor… or at least a freaking dictionary.

    • j j

      Dan – Get over it. If you are so good why don’t you work there.

      • Wacka Wacka

        j j – You forgot the comma after “good” and a question mark.

      • DThor

        EW wold be smart to hire Dan seeing as he understands spelling and grammar. Mistakes abound on this site.

    • Lois (from Smallville) STINKS!

      This show is a JOKE! Its basically the same music style: pop/r&b/rap. I was done with this show when they eliminated the country guy. And since his elimination wasn’t until towards the end of the episode, I wasn’t suprised based on who they had picked to go foward. Joke!

  • Jon Yeager

    The only thing that will hurt X-Factor’s ratings is the obviousness that Drew is going to win it all. As much as they’d like to convince us the others stand a chance, they don’t.

    So the big question now becomes : will the anticipation of seeing the show inevitably surprise Drew with her dream duet with Justin Bieber be enough to offset the predictability of her winning the competition?

    I mean, that’s all that’s really left for us to wait for. How much she’ll freak out when Justin steps onto the stage to surprise her.

    • Grumpster

      Drew is not gonna win.

      • theresa martin

        Drew will not win. The best two singers hands down is Melanie for the girls and Josh for the men. They are excellent singers. Melanie is a power house of a singer.

    • Rubie

      Drew is not a better singer than Melanie. I would like to see her attempt a powerful song like Whitney Houston or Beyonce, just like Melanie.
      Simon is trying to promote her, just like he did with Simone and Tiah; the only difference is that she is really talented. But not as much as Melanie.

      • matthew

        Why are we comparing Drew and Melanie? They aren’t similar artists. They both have strengths that aren’t the same. Relax. They’re both great.

      • Nicole

        Drew’s voice (without having to scream) sends chills down your spine. Melanie’s very good but I don’t care how much of a powerhouse her voice is if she cannot evoke the same emotions out of me. I’d buy Drew’s album in a heartbeat. She has the Adele-esque soul and unique tone. AND she has the ability to completely change and revive an old song. That’s talent.

      • g9

        Melanie would win Idol hands down. The X Factor is a different show, though, and Drew has a legitimate chance of winning. I wouldn’t call her a lock, but it’s laughable that some of you are dismissing her in favor of Melanie. Melanie is predictable and would probably be a bit boring in today’s markets; Simon is right in saying Drew will be a huge recording artist. We’ll see — voting hasn’t even started yet. I think it’s safe to say that one of them will most likely be the winner, though.

      • Jason

        In the same wasy Dia Framton’s small voice but artistic vision destroyed Frenchie’s big voice but no originality. Drew’s small voice and originality will destroy Melanie’s big voice, sorry we’ve already seen that a million times


        THE real BIG voice is Oprah’s MOST talented girl in the world named CHARICE!

        SEE her unbeatable performances on Oprah on Youtube…the Amaro wannabe pales in comparison!

      • Jon Yeager

        This isn’t “The Voice”. It’s the “X-Factor”. Simon has made it clear that from the beginning that they’re not simply looking for the best singer. The judges have already identified the best singers openly on the show itself. They wouldn’t have done that if it made them automatic winners. Look at the music people are buying every day — is Katy Perry the best voice out there? Is Ke$ha? Does Justin Bieber, who happens to be Drew’s idol? None of the best selling artists people are buying into are the best voices out there. They’ve simply got an X-Factor that no one else has. And Drew’s X-Factor is so far and away ahead of everyone else’s, it’s actually going to hurt the show’s ratings. The judges are going to say all kinds of things to throw us off along the way, but they know as well as most people with common sense that Drew is winning this.

  • Tyler Kerry

    I hope they still bring Cheryl Cole in as a guest judge one day as well as Dannii Minogue, Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland and Tulisa Contostavlos from the UK X Factor who can replicate their success in the UK in the US version. The ratings then will be out of this world.

    • Eric P

      Keep dreaming…

  • Grumpster

    Watching Simon’s picks sing, it makes me think he surely has no taste, no ability to judge anything rationally any longer, and a serious problem of arrogance…his entire crew sucked big.

    • innerjuju

      When Tiah Tolliver sang that first time (if you could call missing more notes than you hit singing) and Simon raving about her, I lost all respect for the show- and him.

    • g9

      Haha, you have no credibility, Grumpster. Tiah and Simone were awful picks, but Drew and Melanie stole the show hands down.

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  • Marc305

    I think the show is great except for the MC, Steve is rude, obnoxious, and has no charisma at all. They need to get rid of him, and soon!

    • Gail

      I agree completely… He’s a good looking guy but for some reason gives me the creeps!

  • richard

    11 millon is a surge lol…the demo is decent ..nothing earth shattering though

    • Diago

      Have you seen where this show’s ratings were? Trust me, this is good for them.

  • Mattehew

    I think viewership will increase but how much is the question. last nights show was a little boring. Steve Jones is stiff and doesnt have much rapport with contestants but at least he kept the show on time. Nicole is awful – Why is she there? The show may turn into a battle of judges criticizing each other rather than contestants…and I don’t think any of these are worth the $5 mil prize. Su rprinsgly only melanie is the one traditional diva that Simone likes (ala his Leona Lewis)…We shall see. It has room for improvement.

  • B-

    While viewership on Saturday is a deadzone, it wasn’t always the case. I wonder if the ratings would be better if the show followed the UK version and aired Saturday and Sunday.

  • Leila

    People were just curious last night. I think the ratings will drop as long as they keep shoving obnoxious little twerps like Astro down our throats.

  • Tony

    So Much for the “Im Not Watching this Crappy show” No more remarks

  • RCB

    I’m really beginning to like Intensity. They are fun to watch. I like all the girls (Drew, Melanie and Rachel). I also like Marcus and Chris Rene. It’s hard to choose which “act” to vote for. The Over-30s are good, but somehow, they don’t connect to me.

  • Tina

    I love The X-Factor. I love the judges, especially Simon and L.A. Although several of the contestants sang offkey, many of them are talented. But I already have my pick and my prediction for whom will be the ultimate winner. That person is “Astro”. Quite simply, the boy is a star. You can’t make a star. You can only discover one.

    • Ike

      Tina what you smokin? Astro will be one of the first ones eliminated.

  • JP

    Gotta get rid of that ridiculous host. Any time you begin to get it all emotionally invested in the show whether it be happy or sad, he barges in like a wet blanket be either talking or simply just being there, and ruins it. . . Get that chump out of there. . .

    • matthew

      I agree. The host was so terrible. Constantly yelling at the judges to be quick, interrupting them even. So obnoxious. I didn’t appreciate Seacrest enough.

  • Tina

    Oh, I just wanted to add that although I love Simon, I’m feeling that his judgment is increasingly becoming impaired by ‘a pretty face’.

    • theresa martin

      I totally agree with you Tina. I was so happy to see his favorite two exit the show. Simone was so full of her self and cannot sing. She did more dancing and smiling into the camera. She should have never got this far. Tiah wasn’t good either. Very pitchy. I predice Melanie or Josh will win it all.

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