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In the reality TV battle of The X Factor vs. The Voice, the X Factor‘s outlook is looking pretty grim. Ratings for the show’s third season have been low since its September premiere, but when the first night of Live Shows went head to head with NBC’s The Voice, the picture got a lot bleaker.

Thankfully for X Factor, Tuesday night isn’t its usual time slot. The scheduling switchup came as a result of the World Series with the show returning to its traditional Wednesday and Thursday night airings as of the first week of November.

Still, the 4.9 million total viewers the October 29 two-hour show brought in are poor by any standards and particularly when compared to The Voice’s 11.6 million draw during the same evening. X Factor also fell behind NCIS, The Biggest Loser, and, to add salt to the wound, barely beat out a repeat of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. A repeat, you guys.

Oddly enough, over in the UK, X Factor continues to shine with the series slated to be renewed for an additional three years, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

That’s good news for Simon Cowell, who’s affiliated with both, but what about X Factor doesn’t appeal to American viewers? Not enough big name talent (last week’s UK version guest starred Lady Gaga)? Too many music competitions shows to compete with? Not enough, well, X-factor?

Got theories of your own on why Season 3 is tanking? Share your thoughts in the comments below. We’re sure Simon Cowell would like to know.

Sources: Nielsen, The Hollywood Reporter

Elisabeth Kramer is an Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Downton Abbey expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!