The X Factor Debut Ratings: Terrible!

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Simon Cowell has made his expectations for The X Factor very clear: he expects the show to be number-one, totaling more viewers than his former juggernaut, American Idol.

Therefore, the judge/producer must be very disappointed today. Last night's two-hour premiere of this British import was only watched by 12.6 million households, nearly half the number that tune in for Idol each week and not even enough to help The X Factor win its Wednesday night battle.

The competition was beat out by back-to-back episodes of Modern Family (14.3 million) and later in the night by Criminal Minds (14.1 million). The series premiere of Revenge (11.4 million) wasn't even far behind The X Factor's tally.

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