The networks extended their streak of week-to-week ratings increases to three nights last night when most series were up from their most recent originals. Topping the list of percentage gains were the two Wednesday reality series, which both had shows last week on the low-trafficked night before Thanksgiving, making the week-to-week comparisons favorable. Fox’s The X Factor Top 8 performance show (2.8/8 in adults 18-49) was up 27% to log a nightly demo victory for Fox (tied with ABC). CBS’ Survivor: Philippines (2.7/8) was up 17%. CBS’ other series, Criminal Minds (2.9/8) and CSI (2.6/7) were also up, by 7% and 8%, respectively. READ MORE »
Fox’s The X Factor plans to acknowledge those hit by Hurricane Sandy, said Simon Cowell today. “I’m certain we’ll have a shout-out to those people on that side of the coast and say, you know, stay safe, be strong and we hope that the storm blows off as quickly as possible,” Cowell said Tuesday, the day before X Factor starts airing the first of two-nights-a-week live shows. But Cowell was dismissive about worries that coming on so soon after the uberstorm that battered the East Coast and knocked out power up and down the seaboard would hurt his show’s ratings. “I couldn’t care less,” he said. The producer/judge also said he hoped Fox could find a way to repeat the show for those on the East Coast without power or cable.
Fox‘s live editions of The X Factor will start a day before originally scheduled. The first live edition of the singing competition was slated for Thursday. But with the World Series ending early, the date has now been shifted to Wednesday, with X Factor resuming its regular Wednesday-Thursday pattern.
The Wednesday live show will introduce new X Factor hosts Khloé Kardashian Odom and Mario Lopez, who will take the stage alongside the Top 16 acts and judges Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, Britney Spears and L.A. Reid. On Thursday, the Top Finalists will be revealed and return the following week to face America’s vote.
The X-Factor judge and Black Eyed Peas frontman have been talking about putting together a technology-based competition show, Deadline has learned. Will.i.am first brought up the idea of the collaboration with Simon Cowell at the UK’s Royal Television Society’s “When Worlds Collide” conference last week. “We’re working on a project called X-Factor for tech, and it’s going to be out of this world,” the singer said via a live video conference Q&A from LA, according to reports in the British press. Will.i.am told the conference he and Cowell discussed the idea a couple of weeks ago over dinner. Part of the concept to make the as-yet-unnamed project unique from X-Factor or American Idol was economic scale: “Singing and performance create a couple of jobs, but this will create jobs,” Will.i.am said.
After its first two episodes of the new season drew softer-than-normal numbers, Downton Abbey bounced back on Sunday with ratings that would make even the Dowager Countess crack a smile. Episode three of season three pulled in 9.66M …