Just as we genuinely thought that “The X Factor” was going to do rather well with Britney Spears this year, and we also genuinely thought that the ratings were going to be higher Thursday night without the competition from “The Voice.” We were quickly proven wrong yet again.
For its second audition show of the season Thursday, Simon Cowell and company ended up seeing their total numbers fall from the premiere to a 3.1 in the 18-49 demographic (which is around 3.8 million viewers). If this was another show, this would probably be considered pretty solid; however, this is an expensive production where Britney is getting $15 million to test her magic as a judge. We don’t know if we see a season 3 if the numbers don’t pick up, and in some ways we actually feel a little bit bad for it. Why? It’s mostly due to the sole fact that the show has been a vast improvement this year, but the curse put on it by the dreadful season 1 is still leaving stench around Simon and company.
Elsewhere, it was good and bad news for “Glee.” The 3.3 rating it posted was significantly better than the season 3 finale, and quality-wise it also felt like an improvement; however, this is still down from the impressive 4.0 it scored for its season 3 premiere last year. Both these shows defeated the likes of “Big Brother” (2.0), “America’s Got Talent” (2.4 for its finale, down big versus last year), and a “Rock Center with Brian Williams” (1.4) that was actually boosted pretty substantially be the “America’s Got Talent” finale coming on before it.
What do you think about some of these ratings? We want to hear more of your thoughts below! If you want to check out our full review of Thursday’s “X Factor” show, be sure to visit the link here.