Season 3 of Fox’s The X Factor has debuted to the lowest premiere ratings in the shows short-lived history.
The first episode of the new season aired on Wednesday with a one-hour special in place of its standard 2-hour premiere.
When all was said and done the singing competition starring Simon Cowell managed to draw in just a 2.1 rating / 7 share in the adults 18-49 year old demographic. 6.2 million combined viewers watched the premiere.
That’s a 25 percent decrease from last years 2.8 and a 38 percent decrease from the season one premiere which grabbed a 3.4 rating.
The X Factor was defeated for the night by CBS’ hit reality TV series Big Brother. In it’s thirteenth season Big Brother has racked up a 2.2/7 share in the 18-49 demographic with 6.7 million viewers overall.
The popular CBS show has been helped along by a racist contestant who has trended on every major social platform and search engine over the last several weeks.
The X Factor in the meantime has suffered through an identity crisis as show producer and judge Simon Cowell continues to play with the judging lineup in the hopes of landing the perfect panel.
The Fox singing competition still has a chance to resonate with viewers but only if it can find the perfect acts and the right judging panel balance. The show is typically slow to start with far less auditions than American Idol and less suspense than NBC’s hit music competition The Voice.
Simon Cowell’s baby mama drama may also be turning potential viewers away from the competition.
Cowell recently proclaimed that this seasons judges will “not hog the airtime” from contestants.
Do you think Cowell and his panel of judges have what it takes to save The X Factor from extinction?