Will 'The X Factor' Get a Boost for Its Finale Tonight? (Poll)

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December 20th, 2012

Last night's X Factor performance finale didn't get the expected bump in the ratings that The Voice did for its final performance show earlier this week. Can The X Factor get a much-needed results finale boost tonight, or do you expect it to stay stagnant? Will anyone even watch, considering the world is "ending" tomorrow? Cast your vote and tell us why in the comments!

 

Handicapping info: Last week's X Factor results show earned a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. Last year's finale earned a 3.8.

 

 
  • s0303

    considering it has practically no competition tonight, it should get at least a 3.5…but i wouldn’t be surprised if it didn’t…it definitely will not beat the voice finale…no way.

  • Mayans

    The only reason why it’s been renewed is because Simon agreed to lowering the production costs. If ratings go down even further and it probably will then Fox will finally pull the plug.

  • Dillan

    @Mayans:

    I think the fact that it’s currently FOX’s highest rated show is why it got renewed.

  • Mayans

    The Voice finale was perfect in every way. Every single performance was splendid and they had so much variety when it came to guest performances.

    X Factor only managed to snap up Pitbull and 1D (who are on for the 3rd time). Probably a decision by Fox to cut down costs considering they know it won’t do well in ratings?

  • zth

    @Dillan: Do costs enter in your analysis? It’s also the most expensive show to produce on Fox.

  • Mayans

    @ Dillan, but it isn’t. The cartoons in the weekend get higher ratings thanks to football.

  • THE OLD MAN

    About what it got last night, 2.7 MAX

  • Holly

    @zth,

    It’s also the most expensive show to produce on Fox.

    And you know the costs of all the FOX shows how?

  • zth

    @Holly, I’m sorry for pointing out an obvious thing. Feel free to give the name of a show on Fox more expensive than XFactor if you believe that you can find such a show.

  • Holly

    zth,

    Oh, so… you have no access to actual numbers and are just making stuff up. Good to know.

  • zth

    @Holly,
    Glad you coudn’t find any show more expensive than XFactor on Fox.
    FYI, Britney Spears’ salary for the whole season is $15 million, and most of the estimates place the cost of producing an episode at around $4 million, which is a bit more than $3.5 million in the first season.

  • Holly

    @zth,

    WHO estimates? You? Forgive me for doubting the word of “random guy with a keyboard.”

  • Dillan

    I’m pretty sure Bill or Rob have commented somewhere saying that scripted shows are more expensive than The X Factor.

  • zth

    @Holly: Simon Cowell estimates: in the link below he admits that the cost of one episode is $3.5 million and he is talking about the first season. Happy?
    http://www.entertainmentwise.com/news/61474/X-Factor-USA-Most-Expensive-Reality-Show-EVER

  • zth

    @Dillan: So you’re saying that The Mindy Project or even The New Girl are more expensive than XFactor?

  • Holly

    OK, so we have one estimate for XFactor.

    Quick, what’s the per/episode cost of Bones? Simpsons? Glee?

  • Holly

    Oh, and were there any costs cut elsewhere to cover Spears’ salary? How much does the constant product placement offset the initial cost? Was that figured into that $3.5 million?

  • Mayans

    Holly just concede your loss. I think it’s pretty common sense that these singing contests have very high production values and especially X Factor USA with their record staff of 116 and their record price money (which they mention a couple of times in every single episode).

    Simon had a lot riding on this show and he failed.

  • zth

    @Holly: I don’t have any info on the production costs that could have covered britney’s salary, but I guess there were some editing cuts, since the editing for the auditions was kind of shaky. But that’s just my supposition.
    Regarding the costs of other shows on Fox, the price tag of Glee seems to be $3.2 million per episode (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hot-business-glee-75593?page=2), i’m not sure about the others.

  • Matthew

    3.2 but that is a stretch, so I am going with 3.0

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