Simon Cowell’s X-Factor debuted in America on Wednesday, September 21st, after endless promotional hype and the phenomenal pairing and reunion of him and Paula Abdul’s “Opposites Attract” chemistry.
Cowell told Rolling Stone that the show “Feels different, it feels more modern, it looks bigger, but most importantly it’s just got a
different voice to ‘Idol…'”
He is of course a former judge of American Idol, and producer of The X-Factor in its original format in Britain, a show that spawned eight seasons, not to mention Leona Lewis in season three, and is still running.
Wednesday’s X-Factor Premiere brought in around 12.2 million viewers, which is about half of American Idol‘s 26 million average viewers in its 10th season.
Regardless of Idol comparisons, some unwisely sparked by Cowell himself, the show still did the best for any new show of the Fall, besides 2 Broke Girls, which drew in 19.2 million viewers in its slot after Two And a Half Men.
The widely recognized singing competition on Fox, X-Factor, also scored slightly higher numbers than the high-profile judging team of NBC’s The Voice. (11.8 million for episode one)