So far, “The X Factor” U.S. has been consistently getting ratings ranging from 11.5 million to 12.5 million U.S. viewers per episode. The series’ fifth episode (the program’s first “boot camp” episode), which Fox televised on October 5, 2011, got a total of 11.5 million viewers.
“The X Factor” U.S. is televised on Wednesdays and Thurdsays from September to December.
Once again, the Wednesday episode of “The X Factor” U.S. was surpassed in total viewers by ABC’s “Modern Family” and CBS’s “Criminal Minds.” On October 5, 2011, “Criminal Minds” had 13.3 million U.S. viewers, while “Modern Family” had 13.1 million U.S. viewers.
Before “The X Factor” U.S. premiered, Cowell told the media that he would consider it a failure to get less than 20 million U.S. viewers for the series’ premiere episode. (The premiere episode ultimately got 12.5 million U.S. viewers.) Cowell is now admitting that his expectations were too high. He told the Associated Press: “I’m not going to lie. I wanted 20 million when we launched, 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.”
Even though “The X Factor” U.S. is not No. 1 in its time slot for total number of viewers, “The X Factor” U.S. is consistently No. 1 in its time slot among 18-to-49-year-olds, the coveted demographic for advertisers. The October 5 episode of “The X Factor” U.S. aired from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Eastern/PacificTime and got a 3.9 rating among 18-49-year-olds.
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Brian Bradley, the 14-year-old rapper featured in the episode, had many “X Factor” viewers buzzing on the Internet, but most of the comments were negative, as people expressed that they were tired of his “arrogant” attitude. In the October 5 episode, Bradley was seen refusing to join the other contestants in learning a choreographed dance routine because he said he did not want to dance.
However, “X Factor” U.S. contestants featured in Episode 5 who got high praise from people on the Internet included 12-year-old Emily Michalak, 19-year-old Tiah Tolliver, 42-year-old Stacy Francis and 13-year-old Rachel Crow.
Many viewers also commented that they missed seeing “X Factor” contestant Chris Rene (whose “X Factor” audition video has become a YouTube sensation) in a group performance on the series’ first “boot camp” episode, but 28-year-old Rene will be featured in a group performance in the second “boot camp” episode that Fox will televise on October 6, 2011, at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time.
“The X Factor” U.S. judge Nicole Scherzinger continues to get comments from people who say how much they dislike her on the show. Although she has her share of fans, they seem to be in a very small minority of those making Internet comments about Scherzinger as an “X Factor” judge. The Scherzinger “haters” describe her as shallow and air-headed. The other “X Factor” judges (Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and L.A. Reid) don’t seem to have this level of dislike on the Internet that Scherzinger has.
Here is a sampling of viewer comments on “The X Factor” U.S. official Facebook page:
“Emily really just blew my mind!! Amazing voice!!”
“Having watched X factor UK from its inception and a whole bunch of x factor’s from different countries i feel like Simon Cowell made a mistake bringing it to the US … i dont see any “superstar” and i see this being a 1 season wonder. Sad as its my fave show on tv … but i gotta go with reality.”
“Dexter and the 14 year old boy have to go home. That kid is rude I hope his mother gives him a beat down.. he is not all that. No one will call him with that attitude.”
“Nicole is a hater. She thinks she is the only star.. I dont like her after her behavior the way she looked at the young lady. Get over it. Really.”
“Tiah really redeemed herself tonight! I’ll be the first to admit I thought she shouldn’t have gone thru last wk. Tonight she made me a believer!! Good call Simon and L.A.!”
“This show ROCKS! This is the best talent scouting show I have seen in a VERY LONG time! If not ever! Seriously. I see a lot of talent on here. I loved the last group of singers the best.”
“Stacy Francis!! Love her voice so much!! Like if you do like her voice too!”
“I love Rachel Crow she is funny.”
“Boot camp was awesome glad to see my favorites are still in.”
“I Like This Show But Nicole Seems Out Of Place & Simon Is Always Mean To Her. She Stands Her Ground & Brings The Swagg Though! I Like Her A lot!!”
“All of us who were at the NJ auditions where Reina Williams brought down the house have been waiting to see her audition. Please air her audition! Even if only on your website. The audience and you all decided she has the XFactor, but someone decided she doesn’t? She’s got true talent! Don’t deprive us!”
“Nicole is annoying. She acts like a spoiled teenager. From the day she couldn’t stop talking about her birthday to all her petulant pissy teen looks she gives when Simon disagrees. She acts like someone who’s gone through life with people kissing her tail because she’s attractive. Tell me she didn’t ever see Simon in action before! re the contestants- a lot more are weak or so full of themselves they can’t improve. The woman who held the note until people’s ears were bleeding! We loved her except for her sudden need to imitate an air raid siren. All Simon did is said ‘less is more’. She said she hasn’t had coaching, so she should hear what is said, not say ‘he doesn’t like me’. If they didn’t like her, she wouldn’t be in that group, she’d be in the hall shouting ‘I don’t have a life’ (good grief!)”
“Some of them are good but some are great. I can’t stand the little rapper boy he’s too arrogant.”
“Why when a little kid how high self-esteem people call it arrogance. It just love what he does. Some of the singers on there are arrogant too. At least he’s not disrespectful. And cussing like some of the contestants.”
“It’s great to have high self esteem but it’s even better to be humble. Getting up and saying that in 5 years you will be better than JayZ. WOW also part of the process of getting in the show is the interaction with others. He wanted to out shine everyone last night and ended up forgetting the lyrics. He’s got talent and lots of it but rubbing a record producer the wrong way can make you or break you.”
“My heart broke for Jazzlyn, I hope she’s not cut. Little Rachel Crow really stepped up, group 7 just did good. Tiah Tolliver was amazing Nick Voss I feel missed it. Brian Bradley unfortunately still needs to grow and understand, his performance overpowered the other artists. I think he needs to tone it down like Stacy was told and she listened to the advice she was given and did an amazing job. Her group 2 did a great job in spite of the fact that Jazzlyn’s nerves got her. Group 1 with Dexter, I think if he took off his platform shoes he might find himself. It may sound quirky to a man, but heels change attitude. Look at a woman’s gait when she’s wearing heels. I just have to wonder if there are too many years behind him to undo his self imposed stage persona. Audrey, Caitlin, Drew & Elaine in that group did great. They’re all doing great considering the circumstances.”