Simon Cowell "Humbled" by X Factor Ratings

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It has produced some great acts early on in it first season run - Josh Krajcik and Jazzlyn Little, for example - but The X Factor has NOT produced the kind of ratings Simon Cowell had initially hoped for.

At one point this summer, the former American Idol judge said he thought his new show could defeat his old and earn 20 million viewers per week. The actual results have been closer to 12 million.

I'm "humbled, but still competitive," Cowell told TV Line when asked about the performance of The X Factor so far. "We’re gonna get there in the end. I do believe that."

With so many singing competitions out there - Idol, The Voice, The Sing-Off - might there be viewer fatigue? How will The X Factor stand out?

"We’re in a different world now with Twitter and Facebook and YouTube, where people are gonna decide the fate of this show," Cowell says. "All we have to do is make the show as real as possible, make the contestants as great as we possibly can. And importantly, on the live shows, put on a show you’ve never, ever seen before."

What do you think, readers? Can X Factor ever surpass Idol? What do you think of Simon's show so far?

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