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Only two weeks remain until the end of X Factor’s third season, a season that may well go down as the worst in the show’s history. Ratings have continually stayed low since the season’s debut way back in early September and despite a few upticks here and there along the way, this week’s ratings didn’t show much in the way of improvement.

How bad was it? Well, not Thanksgiving night bad. The Thursday, November 28, one-hour elimination show was the lowest ever for the series with a rating of 1.0. Fast-forward seven days and the Thursday, December 5 results show was a definite improvement with a jump up three tenths to a 1.3 rating. That’s still not great, however, with the likes of CBS’s The Big Bang Theory and NBC’s special The Sound of Music Live each dominating the evening with staggering 4.6s.

X Factor also did better for its Wednesday two-hour episode of December 4, jumping from November 27’s 1.2 rating to a 1.4. But as was the case Thursday, the show just couldn’t measure up when compared to other shows aired the same evening. X came in second to last with only The CW’s Arrow doing worst and then only by two-tenths.

At this point in the season, we’d expect X Factor to be surging ahead as the audience picks a favorite to take home the crown. That just doesn’t seem to be the situation this year, however, adding even more evidence to the case for canceling the show after the third season wraps.

There is one piece of good news for the show, however. This week’s songs are dominating the iTunes music charts. Jeff Gutt shook up the rock charts while Alex & Sierra’s mellowed out “Say Something” had reached the number one singles spot overall by the Thursday night results. Hey, at least X Factor is dominating somewhere, right?

Will Fox make the cut or see promise from iTunes? What do you think?

Sources: 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+!