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'The X Factor': L.A. Reid on boys he'll coach, Simon and Nicole's selections, and those ratings

L.A. Reid — music mogul, X Factor judge, and coach of the Boys category for Fox’s U.S. spinoff of Simon Cowell’s British competition series — talked to reporters today about why he’s looking forward to mentoring Brian “Astro” Bradley, Phillip Lomax, Marcus Canty, and Chris Rene. “It was tough to choose only four,” he said. “What would have been simple is if I could have had five. But I’m not Simon.”  READ FULL STORY

Rain benches Fox's 'The X Factor'


It’s confirmed: God hates Simon Cowell.

A two-hour rain delay that pushed the start of Game 4 of the American League Championship Series has prompted Fox to reluctantly pull competition series The X Factor from its schedule Wednesday night.

The downpour delayed the baseball game’s East Coast start time from 4:19 p.m. to 6:32 p.m. By the time X Factor was supposed to begin, the game was only in its fifth inning. The episode will not air on the west coast, either. READ FULL STORY

Rihanna to guest judge on 'X Factor' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

The rumors are true: Tonight on Fox’s X Factor, the competition series has lined up its first guest judge: Rihanna.

The singer will be joining LA Reid as he coaches the boys team at his home. And we’re hearing she’s not the only celebrity guest judge that’s going to appear tonight (hmmm…). Here’s two exclusive pics of Rihanna and L.A. Reid from tonight’s two-hour episode: READ FULL STORY

'Modern Family' rules ratings, 'Free Agents' on chopping block

The Wednesday night ratings game gave predictable numbers last night: Most shows were steady or down slightly as they settled into their fall grooves.

Fox led the night overall with a 90-minute The X Factor (11.5 million, 3.9 adult demo rating), which topped 8 p.m. The reality show launched its boot camp phase and its final rating will likely match last week’s number in the afternoon nationals. Factor was followed by a special Raising Hope (6.2 million, 2.3).

In second place, CBS’ Survivor (10.5 million, 3.1) was about on par, followed by Criminal Minds (13.3 million, 3.8) bucking the trend of the night by climbing 6 percent and ranking as the evening’s most-watched show. CSI (11.8 million, 2.9) declined by the same percentage, yet won 10 p.m. READ FULL STORY

Simon Cowell regrets giant 'X Factor' ratings prediction

Simon Cowell admits he regrets saying ratings less than 20 million for the U.S. version of The X Factor would be a failure. The show’s September debut earned 12.5 million viewers, which was less than the premiere of the comedy Modern Family, the leader of the night with 14.5 million viewers. The X Factor held those numbers for the second episode. In week two, ratings hovered around 12 million viewers for each episode. “I’m not going to lie. I wanted 20 million when we launched,” said Cowell, “but now I’m kind of back in the real world and I’m seeing this grow naturally. I’m as happy as I’ve ever been.” READ FULL STORY

'Charlie's Angels' loses flight; 'How to Be a Gentleman' struggles

The competition took a beating Thursday because of The X Factor, which gave FOX a win in adults 18-49 (3.9 rating/10 share) and another chance to boast about its domination (like, how its the first time ever that Fox has won the first two Thursdays of the season). The two-hour show averaged 11.9 million, according to early results.

Charlie’s Angels took a direct hit on ABC — earning a mere 1.5/4, which was down 29 percent versus last week. It averaged 7.1 million. Grey’s Anatomy suffered but not too terribly; it earned a 3.5/9 (10 million) but was still down 15 percent. Most of the damage was heaped upon Kate Walsh and the return of Private Practice, which earned a 2.8/8 (and 7.8 million) and logged its lowest-rated premiere ever. READ FULL STORY

'The X Factor' breakout Drew Ryniewicz on her surprising Justin Bieber cover

Last week, my X Factor obsession was the amazingly poised Melanie Amaro, who knocked Beyonce’s “Listen” out of the park at her Miami audition. This week the singer that pleased my ears (and tugged at my heartstrings) the most was 14-year-old button-cute Drew Ryniewicz, the high-school student who impressed the judges (most notably L.A. Reid) with her slowed-down, soulful cover of Justin Bieber’s smash “Baby” in Seattle. Now back home in Arizona, Ryniewicz got on the phone to talk about her much-talked-about debut. READ FULL STORY

'X Factor' gives Fox a nightly win; 'Suburgatory' welcomed into 'hood with open arms

FOX’s two-hour broadcast of The X Factor (3.9 rating/11 share) gave the network a win among adults 18-49, growing by 41 percent over the course of the night. The network’s already bragging that this marks the first time in Fox history that it has won the first two Wednesdays of the season — which could say more about the competition and less about Simon Cowell, but time will definitely tell.

Numbers are based on early results, which means X Factor could see improvements with the finals that come in this afternoon. READ FULL STORY

Thursday ratings: 'Charlie's Angels' modest, 'X Factor' steady

Premiere explosion Thursday unveiled 10 season debuts, plus several crucial second episodes of the fall. Some initial first-glance key results: ABC’s Charlie’s Angels opened modestly with 8.7 million viewers and a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating, the second night of Fox’s The X Factor held nearly steady with 12.5 million viewers and a 4.3 rating, and NBC’s Prime Suspect disappointed with 6 million and 1.8.

Let’s go network by network and break this down. Fox won the night with X Factor (the first time its won a premiere week Thursday in the network’s history, in fact), off by only a tenth of a point from Wednesday night rating. Showing this strong retention for the second episode is definitely good news for Fox and Simon Cowell.

On CBS, a one-hour Big Bang Theory (14.4 million, 4.9) was stable with last fall’s premiere and also won the night. The premiere of J.J. Abrams’ new thriller Person of Interest (13.2 million, 3.1) had a solid number, but was down 9 percent from the debut of CSI in the time period last year. At 10 p.m., the return of The Mentalist (13.3 million, 2.8) was off 18 percent from last fall, despite its Red John finale cliffhanger. READ FULL STORY

'X Factor' hit with FCC complaint over nude contestant

A parents group announced it has filed a Federal Communications Commission complaint against Fox’s The X Factor for showing a contestant who exposed himself on stage.

In a pre-taped segment from the reality show’s two-hour Wednesday night premiere, contestant Geo Godley dropped his pants and sang for the judges and studio audience while apparently nude. The judges were appalled — Paula Abdul stormed off stage and appeared to be ill, saying the performance “literally made me sick,” while L.A. Reid declared, “that was offensive, disgusting, distasteful, upsetting — get him out of the building please!”

“Perhaps the ‘X’ in X Factor stands for the MPAA rating,” said PTC president Tim Winter, whose organization filed the complaint this morning. “If Godley performed his act in public, he would have been arrested. But if he performs it in front of a Fox camera, his act is beamed via the public airwaves into every home in the nation.”

Continued Winter: READ FULL STORY

'X Factor' opens solid, but 'Modern Family' steals the show

Simon Cowell made a solid return to Fox last night, but his new show The X Factor was no match for the Dunphys and Pritchetts (and a far cry from American Idol).

X Factor debuted to 12.5 million viewers and a 4.4 adults 18-49 rating, while ABC’s Emmy-winning Modern Family delivered 14.3 million viewers and a whopping 6.0 series-high rating. The reality competition drew about half the audience of the most recent season opener of American Idol (which delivered about 26 million viewers and a 9.7 in the demo), a point of comparison that’s inevitable, but also arguably unfair given the top-rated legacy of the other show (though Cowell himself invited the comparison in July, when he suggested to reporters that the new show might top Idol).

X Factor was significantly higher, however, than the debut of NBC’s fall singing competition The Sing Off, and was higher than the debut of Hell’s Kitchen in the slot last year. While a one-hour Modern Family not only won the night, but was up 18 percent from its premiere last fall.

“We’re happy with the numbers,” Fox’s president of alternative Mike Darnell tells EW. “The expectations were ridiculous, and internally this is our best numbers for a Wednesday during premiere week in 13 years. If we can keep anywhere close to these numbers for 40 hours in the fall, it would be amazing for us.” READ FULL STORY

Top fall TV time-slot battles this week (and who will win)

Right after the fall schedule was announced last May, I posted a rundown of the most intriguing time-period battles and who I thought would win. There’s been a lot of buzz and new intel about these shows since then, but I’m keeping my predictions the same — plus adding a several new entries. So here they are, below. Be sure to check the Inside TV blog every morning for the ratings to see how your favorite shows perform (of course, in today’s DVR era, time periods are less important than they were five years ago, but don’t be fooled: The slots still matter — just ask any show that faced off against American Idol, or one that had the pleasure of airing after it):

Who: CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 vs. NBC’s Playboy Club vs. ABC’s Castle
: Mondays at 10 p.m.
Verdict: Castle pulled off a surprise victory in this slot by the end of last season against the first year of Five-0, gradually conquering a time period that it always lost to CBS when CSI: Miami was there. (Castle was especially aided by Charlie Sheen’s freak out and Two and a Half Men going into repeats — thus weakening CBS’ 9 p.m. hour’s lead into Hawaii.) So this is the rematch, with Hawaii bulking up with a ton of guest stars and adding Terry O’Quinn to the cast. Expectations are modest for Playboy Club. Hawaii will go big tonight when Men returns tonight, but in the coming weeks Castle will probably end up slightly on top. And now on Friday nights, it’s Chuck vs… READ FULL STORY

'The X Factor' premiere: On the scene with Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger, and L.A. Reid


By the time the four celebrity judges made their debut at the premiere of Simon Cowell’s U.S. version of his British hit The X Factor, the audience had already been waiting for well over an hour. But this, Cowell explained, was for good reason. “The reason that we’re late, in the true tradition of reality TV, is that the guys who were making the show were an hour late,” he said. “So they were editing the show literally until the last second, which is why we were all delayed. So, it better be worth it.”

Was it worth it? Well, this former skeptic says yes. Cowell, along with his bosom buddy Paula Abdul and newcomers Nicole Scherzinger and L.A. Reid, sat down at the ArcLight Hollywood Wednesday night for a 90 minute-screening with an assortment of Fox employees, reporters, radio contest winners, and USC theater students. After the screening, the audience was treated to a bizarre and occasionally awkward question and answer session that debuted the tremendous chemistry between the judges.

The X Factor will eventually feature a mentoring aspect similar to The Voice, with each judge leading a group segmented according to age—anyone over 12 could audition. The premiere episode was your standard early audition fare, but with more drama than American Idol and fewer painful auditory experiences. Think longer, more fleshed out backstories (Meth addiction! Verbally abusive husbands! Someone named Xander Alexander!), and less of this. Also, the contestants performed in front of thousands of people instead of just the judges, and ranged from a middle schooler to an octogenarian. A few powerful performances stood out (watch out for Melanie Amaro), and one almost made Abdul vomit.

The X Factor will premiere on Sept. 21, but you can read about Cowell fighting with audience members and Abdul and Scherzinger’s jealousies after the jump: READ FULL STORY


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