Last night’s premiere of The X Factor scored an 8.7 overnight metered market household rating. That’s 18% better than the premiere of the New Girl on Tuesday Night, but about 39% less than January premiere of American Idol which ultimately scored a 14.2 household rating in the final numbers. It was more than a 100% improvement over the year ago’s Hell’s Kitchen. So a solid start by pretty much any benchmark other than comparing it to American Idol. Sadly for the Fox PR machine, those comparisons are inevitable. The X Factor wasn’t the highest-rated show of the night with the metered market households, ABC’s hit Modern Family took the honors with a 9.8 household rating for its one hour episode, which was up versus last year’s 30 minute episode by more than 10%. By household rating The X Factor also trailed CBS’s Criminal Minds which scored a 8.9 overnight rating.