It’s been reported today that X Factor guru Simon Cowell could return to the UK version of the show in 2014 as the current third season of X Factor USA has been branded a “flop” and therefore may not be commissioned again next year.
Apparently, just 6.2million viewers tuned in to see the new series debut on Fox on Wednesday night, and while that may seem a decent enough number, it’s actually a 17% drop in the number of fans who watched the previous year’s season opener.
And as the Mirror reports, that’s “a far cry from the 20 million dad-to-be Cowell insisted he could get when he first launched the show” in America in 2011.
A TV insider said, “Unfortunately for Simon, the US viewers just don’t love The X Factor in the way Brits do.
“Perhaps they’re too used to American Idol, and there’s too much competition with The Voice as well.”
The source added, “Even with changes to the judging panel. it just hasn’t worked…
“Simon was already drinking in the last chance saloon with Fox [so he] could now be coming back to the UK version now next year.
“This blow follows on from Food Glorious Food flopping in the UK, so at the moment he has the reverse Midas touch.”
When the first episode of The X Factor US attracted only 12.5million viewers, Simon confessed that he’d been disappointed.
He remarked, “I’m not going to lie. I wanted 20 million when we launched.
“Now I’m kind of back in the real world and I’m seeing this grow naturally.”
However, an X Factor source denied that the falling ratings were causing dismay backstage, saying, “We’re disappointed, but not downhearted…
“We know we have a good product and just have to win people over and get more of them watching.
“Simon is in a good place and we’re all going to work hard to turn this round.”
What’s your opinion on why X Factor USA isn’t proving to be the big hit everyone thought it would?
For now, here’s a reminder of Simon on the show…