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Reception - TV Show Review: American Idol vs. The X-Factor Head-to-Head Comparison Part II
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By Jeremy Whitley
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H2H ROUND-2: Reception

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American Idol
When it premiered on June 11th 2002 it brought in 9.85 million viewers and quickly became a surprise hit. By the finale, the show topped 22 million viewers and each performance show rising over 10 million for the entire length of the studio show. It is also responsible for breaking the record of the largest jump on the Billboard Top 100 in a week with Kelly Clarkson‘s hit “A Moment Like This“, a record previously held by The Beatles.

 

(Credit: Digital Spy)

 
X-Factor
The X-Factor premiered in, it must be said, a much different environment. American Idol and America’s Got Talent have changed the landscape of reality competitions shows, a genre that barely existed at the time of American Idol‘s launch. The X-Factor is new and unproven, but the comparisons are unavoidable. So how did it do?

 

The X-Factor drew in 12.5 million viewers on its first night, despite months of crazed advertisement by Fox and its affiliates. Having said that he wants to beat American Idol, those are almost certainly not the numbers Simon Cowell was hoping for. In fact, Season 10 of American Idol premiered with 26.23 million viewers. As fate would have it, X-Factor didn’t even dominate its time slot with the second hour losing out to Modern Family and Criminal Minds.


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Reception - TV Show Review: American Idol vs. The X-Factor Head-to-Head Comparison Part II
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posted on Nov 4, 2011 at 12:25PM

TV Show Review: American Idol vs. The X-Factor Head-to-Head Comparison Part II

Reception

By Jeremy Whitley
 

H2H ROUND-2: Reception

H2H USER SCORE
View Official Scorecard

American Idol
When it premiered on June 11th 2002 it brought in 9.85 million viewers and quickly became a surprise hit. By the finale, the show topped 22 million viewers and each performance show rising over 10 million for the entire length of the studio show. It is also responsible for breaking the record of the largest jump on the Billboard Top 100 in a week with Kelly Clarkson‘s hit “A Moment Like This“, a record previously held by The Beatles.

 

(Credit: Digital Spy)

 
X-Factor
The X-Factor premiered in, it must be said, a much different environment. American Idol and America’s Got Talent have changed the landscape of reality competitions shows, a genre that barely existed at the time of American Idol‘s launch. The X-Factor is new and unproven, but the comparisons are unavoidable. So how did it do?

 

The X-Factor drew in 12.5 million viewers on its first night, despite months of crazed advertisement by Fox and its affiliates. Having said that he wants to beat American Idol, those are almost certainly not the numbers Simon Cowell was hoping for. In fact, Season 10 of American Idol premiered with 26.23 million viewers. As fate would have it, X-Factor didn’t even dominate its time slot with the second hour losing out to Modern Family and Criminal Minds.


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2 Comments So Far …

  1. Bignote Bignote says:
    Really good point about the prize money... A million dollars or five million dollars...it would seem to be about the same to the average viewer. It is a dreamy amount of money...but the exposure in the Pepsi ad airing in the superbowl is amazing.

  2. Todd.Brayburn Todd.Brayburn says:
    It's all about total sales. Whichever show stumbles on the acts that bring the big $$, will endure.

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