Early Ratings: X Factor Short of Idolesque

UPDATE:  X Factor numbers adjusted up to 4.4 in the demo and 12.5 million average viewers via @maskedscheduler.  FOX Reality Cheif, Mike Darnell tells EW  “We’re happy”with the ratings.

UPDATE: X Factor won the demo in the 8 pm hour, came behind Modern Family in the 9 pm hour.  Demo LOWER than The Voice premiere.

The X Factor’s 4.2 adults 18-49 rating and 12.14 million viewers was nowhere close to Idol and well short of Modern Family’s 6.0 adults 18-49 rating and  14.3 million viewers. (Via TVByTheNumbers)

The demo number for “X-Factor” puts it below the 5.1 that NBC’s “The Voice” notched with its premiere in late April, and is less than one-half the 9.8 that Fox’s “American Idol” opened with in mid-January. (Variety)

UPDATE: TVByTheNumbers tweeted that X Factor will actually come in 2nd behind Modern Family. We’ll have more info at noon.

Preliminary numbers are in for x Factor, and the results are good or bad, depending on how you look at it. The ratings were solid, but compared to Idol, the ratings fell short.  X Factor came in third for the night, behind Criminal Minds and  Modern Family.

Last night’s premiere of The X Factor scored an 8.7 overnight metered market household rating. That’s 18% better than the premiere of the New Girl on Tuesday Night, but about 39% less than January premiere of American Idol which ultimately scored a 14.2 household rating in the final numbers. It was more than a 100% improvement over the year ago’s Hell’s Kitchen. So a solid start by pretty much any benchmark other than comparing it to American Idol. Sadly for the Fox PR machine, those comparisons are inevitable. The X Factor wasn’t the highest-rated show of the night with the metered market households, ABC’s hit Modern Family took the honors with a 9.8 household rating for its one hour episode, which was up versus last year’s 30 minute episode by more than 10%. By household rating The X Factor also trailed CBS’s Criminal Minds which scored a 8.9 overnight rating.

I’ll update with more numbers as they become available.


FOX The X Factor (Series Premiere) 4.0/12 11.72
CBS Survivor: South Pacific 3.1/9 10.36
ABC The Middle (Season Premiere, 1 Hour) 3.0/9 9.64
NBC Up All Night 2.3/7 6.04
CW H8R 0.4/1 1.09

8:30 NBC Free Agents 1.3/4 3.86


ABC Modern Family (Season Premiere, 1 Hour) 6.0/15 14.29
FOX The X Factor (Series Premiere) 4.4/11 12.56
CBS Criminal Minds (Season Premiere) 4.1/10 14.07
NBC Harry’s Law (Season Premiere) 1.2/3 7.30
CW America’s Next Top Model 0.7/2 1.56

10:00 ABC Revenge (Series Premiere) 3.4/9 10.15
CBS CSI (Season Premiere) 3.1/8 12.59
NBC Law & Order: SVU (Season Premiere) 2.3/6 7.60

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