‘The Voice’ Tops ‘The X Factor’ Premiere In Ratings

Sep 13th, 2012 // 6 Comments
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Even with all-star talent like Britney Spears and Demi Lovato, the revamped second season of The X Factor  couldn’t drown out The Voice. Last night’s buzzed-about Season 2 premiere of Simon Cowell‘s Fox reality talent competition floundered in the ratings, pulling in an average of 8.5 million viewers over the two-hour episode — a drop of 3.5 million from last year’s series premiere. 

In head-to-head competition, The X Factor and its new pop-powered panel simply drew fewer viewers than the chair-swiveling crew over at The Voice. It’s worth noting that The Voice also dropped in the ratings in its season premiere Monday night (Sep. 10). But on Wednesday, the show came out on top in the 8 p.m. slot with 10.7 million viewers against The X Factor‘s 7.5 million. At 9 p.m., The X Factor eked out a lead, rising to 9.5 million — but in that hour, too, the show was bested by its NBC competition, with America’s Got Talent claiming the lead with 11 million viewers.

Reviews of The X Factor‘s debut episode have been positive, with viewers responding positively to Spears’ blunt criticism and Lovato’s effervescent delivery (as well as Cowell’s predictable snark and L.A. Reid, um, being L.A. Reid). Still, if these lackluster ratings don’t pick up, we’ll all be sitting in revolving chairs by 2013.

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  1. HoneyB


  2. LOLA

    “all-star talent like Britney Spears and Demi Lovato” is a bit of a stretch, n’est pas?

  3. Mandy

    I watched both The Voice and The X-Factor last night (which was easy, since my Hopper’s Prime Time Anytime feature recorded both of them for me automatically – it tapes everything on all four major networks every night). Honestly? I wasn’t too impressed with The X-Factor. I was talking about this with one of my Dish co-workers and we both agreed that the only reason we were even curious about this show at all was because of Britney. I infinitely prefer The Voice. It isn’t as emotionally manipulative and the singers are better. That’s what it comes down to for me.

  4. danny

    I ONLY watch X because of Britney. That is ALL. If she wasn’t on there I’d have had my TV off. I don’t even pay for cable so that is how interested in TV shows like this. I bet “Chaotic” would have bigger ratings.

  5. slansky

    hmmm….that’s rather interesting. I have always been a big fan of Britney’s and she seems to be cleaning up her act and personal life recently. She’s been through a lot and she got into the music and entertainment industry at such a young age. I was really shocked to hear how much she hates Demi Lovato! I wonder how the X Factor is going to get by this season. http://gossip-celebrity.net/index.php/britney-spears-hates-demi-lovato/

  6. NEEK


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