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American Idol

X Factor Premiere: No Match for American Idol in Ratings!

All of those Simon Cowell boasts about X Factor being bigger than American Idol fell majorly flat last night. The former American Idol judge’s new project just isn’t hitting its notes; X Factor premiered to 12.5 million viewers. This doesn’t come close to being “bigger” than Idol — the Season 10 opener clocked in at 26.2 million viewers.

And boy, did he have high hopes for the premiere: Simon told The Hollywood Reporter that anything less than 20 million viewers would be a “disappointment.” We’d hate to be around Mr. Crankypants Cowell today!

09.23.2011 / 01:02 AM EDT by Whitney Ricketts
Related: American Idol, Gossip, Simon Cowell, American Idol Season 10

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