‘X Factor’ Ratings Dip Again: America Doesn’t Want Talent?


ALTAmerica might have talent… but it seems fewer and fewer Americans want to see it. One day after posting middling Season 2 premiere ratings, The X Factor dipped 6 percent from its Wednesday premiere, attracting just 3.1/0 despite the massive star power of judge Britney Spears. (And, this time around, we can’t blame fellow Mouseketeer and The Voice coach Christina Aguilera, though X Factor‘s first-hour figures did rise 7 percent without its NBC competitor drawing eyes.)

But it seems audiences didn’t want to see singers on any other program either. Not only did the America’s Got Talent finale drop 33 percent from last season’s ender with 2.4/7 — despite, again, the star power of Howard Stern — but Glee also dipped 13 percent, posting 3.3/9. (The cult musical drama, however, did finish 14 percent higher than the Season 3 finale.)

Is X Factor missing, well, the x-factor? Based on history, the show shouldn’t necessarily worry — whereas the FOX reality show rose its numbers as Season 1 aired, both seasons of The Voice lost viewers as the fascinating blind auditions made way for the less gimmicky battle rounds and finals. So, X Factor, try again next week, baby, one more time.

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Kate Ward is the current Executive Editor for Hollywood.com, a former editor and writer for Entertainment Weekly and EW.com, and a forever fan of pop culture. A graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, Ward — whose work has also appeared in Glamour magazine — loves talking about nutgrafs and hates exclamation points, despite using them on a regular basis. Specializing in reality TV, ’90s nostalgia, and bad movies, Ward is likely the oldest person to attend "American Idols LIVE!" every year with her mom.