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Just when we thought things couldn’t get any worse, The X Factor decided to air a show on Thanksgiving night. Season 3 of the reality competition series has already been limping along when it comes to ratings and throwing in a major national holiday didn’t help one bit.

Unfortunately for the series, Mario Lopez’s dimples just didn’t seem to have the same magic as Thanksgiving traditions with X Factor ranking lower than A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and bringing in less than half the audience of Football Night In America — Live on Thanksgiving night. Overall, the November 28 one-hour elimination episode had a series low of 1.0, down 33 percent from the previous week’s ratings and a staggering 64 percent down from last Thanksgiving’s 2.8 rating.

Wednesday night’s November 27 two-hour show performed slightly better than the Turkey Day travesty, taking the second spot for the 8 p.m. slot after Survivor on CBS. The 1.2 rating was, however, down 29 percent from the previous week’s numbers — not exactly the best of signs as the show heads into its final few weeks.

X Factor returns this Wednesday (December 4) with the Top Six contestants singing two songs during the 8 to 10 p.m. episode, and the one-hour elimination set for 8 to 9 p.m. Thursday, December 5, exactly two weeks from the grand finale date. And at the rate the numbers are dropping, it may well be the last X Factor finale ever.

Think things will pick up as we get closer to the finale, or is the show dead in the water? Share your thoughts and feelings in the comments below.

Source: TV by the Numbers, TV by the Numbers

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