Simon Cowell told The Associated Press that he regrets saying “The X Factor” would need 20 million viewers to be deemed a success.
“I’m not going to lie. I wanted 20 million when we launched,” he told The AP. “But now I’m kind of back in the real world and I’m seeing this grow naturally. I’m as happy as I’ve ever been.”
His change of heart has a lot to do with the fact that the show didn’t even come close to his high expectations. In the show’s first two weeks, it averaged around 12 million viewers. Those aren’t bad ratings and Cowell acknowledges that and is pleased.
Cowell told Access Hollywood something slightly different. He said his original quote was misunderstood. “That was a slight misunderstanding. I wasn’t saying I want 20 million for the first episode. I said we wanna hit 20 million,” Cowell said. He said he believes the show will hit 20 million viewers at some point.
What ever it was that Cowell originally meant isn’t that important. I’m sure Fox will back the show as long as it’s not in last place in the ratings.
“The X Factor” returns tonight on Fox. This week, the singing competition focuses on the selected contestants facing a boot camp aimed at whipping those selected into shape for the live competition and their potential music careers.