September 22, 2011 12:27 PM by Kristin Watson
Apparently, America wanted to tune in and see Emmy-winning show Modern Family more than they did the big premiere of Simon Cowell‘s The X Factor.
According to early Nielsen research, after all the hype and big declarations of being the biggest new show out there, The X Factor pulled in a less than stellar 12.1 millions viewers, while the ABC sitcom Modern Family brought in 14.3 million viewers, making it the most-watched TV show Wednesday night.
Well, that’s a blow to Simon Cowell’s pumped up ego. What did the critics say about The X Factor? Eh, it was so-so.
Neil Genzlinger of the New York Times said, ”It quickly becomes clear that this series, which has billed itself as a new type of competition show, really just remixes the well-established gimmicks of the earlier entries in the genre.”
Ouch! Neil added of Simon Cowell, “This magician no longer has a curtain hiding the secrets of his tricks.”
Denise Martin of TV Guide said, “Was Cheryl Cole really that hard to understand? Or did someone at Fox just owe Nicole a rather large favor? (Because frankly, Cheryl was awesome, made total sense and was adorable to boot. Please submit your plausible explanations as to why she was fired in the comments section because we’re coming up empty.).”
What did you think of the premiere of The X Factor?
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