Season premiere of ‘The X Factor,’ posted its lowest ratings on Wednesday dropping to just 6.2 million total viewers, its smallest audience, and a 2.1 rating among the viewers it sells most of its advertising against, those ages 18 to 49. The show opened two seasons ago with more than double the number of viewers, 12.7 million.
And it opened last season with 8.4 million. The 2.1 rating among those younger adult viewers on Wednesday night was beaten by the summer series ‘Big Brother’ on CBS (2.2) and even the show after it on Fox ‘Master Chef’ (2.4). That rating was tied by the NBC summer series ‘America’s Got Talent,’ but that show (coincidentally produced by Mr. Cowell) had 9.8 million viewers.