It’s one of the biggest head-to-head battles people have been looking forward to this season. Would Simon Cowell’s newly-revamped X Factor lineup beat out The Voice and their red swivel chairs? The answer is ‘yes’ and ‘no’. While NBC’s talent show won in total viewers (10.6 million versus 8.5), the FOX reality show beat its rival in the coveted 18-34 demographic and won the night in the adults 18-49. Still, Simon was rightfully worried that The Voice’s third night would steal some viewers away.
The second season premiere of X Factor garnered 8.5 million viewers, down over 3.5 million from last year. Here’s the silver lining, the show grew by 6 percent in the key demos and grew in its second hour. Given that it was up against NBC’s one-two punch of The Voice and finals of America’s Got Talent, it did well. I only expect those numbers to go up tonight when the show faces no competition. Plus I think the universal love and praise, fans and critics have bestowed on last night’s premiere will bring in more viewers. Remember it’s a marathon and not a sprint. I firmly believe X Factor will win come December.
In other singing-related news. Katie Couric revealed (spoiled) some very interesting American Idol news. Curious? Keep reading to find out.
In a preview for her upcoming interview with Jennifer Lopez, set to air this Friday, Katie asks the former Idol judge on her thoughts regarding the new panel. J. Lo inquires if the announcement has been made, to which Couric responds ‘yes’. Rumor has it FOX was planning to officially announce the Season 12 judges this Friday, the same day Lopez’s interview is scheduled to air. While news of Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson isn’t shocking, it’s still interesting to see Katie rain on FOX’s parade.
Couric: What do you think about the new group of judges?
Lopez: Did they announce?
Lopez: Who is it?
Couric: Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Randy [Jackson]. Randy’s back.
Lopez: Randy is! Oh thank god. I love Randy. I’m glad he’s doing it.
Couric: What do you think of that group? That’s sort of interesting, don’t you think?
Lopez: That’s an eclectic group.
Lopez: Yeah it is.
Couric: I’m glad. I think it will be fun to have Keith Urban there.
Lopez: I think they all have something really different to offer so it should be interesting.
What do you think of the American Idol judges? Do you think they can save the show? Which singing competition did you watch last night, if any, The X Factor or The Voice? Sound off below.