14 September 2012 8:58 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The X Factor’s premiere-night ratings are in, and they are as underwhelming as the show itself. Not terrible, not great, just kind of there. Nielsen has conclusively proven that The X Factor is a television show, and that’s about the best Fox can claim at this point. To me, this says less about the marquee value of Britney Spears than it does about the fact that these early episodes are some bullshit, and even a child knows it. You’ll see some bozos, you’ll see aerial footage of long lines, you’ll catch a couple of good singers with the good fortune to be orphans or single mothers or victims of bullying. You’ll check your watch and sigh wearily, and then some years down the road you will die. So let’s get on with it.We begin as we did last night, with some faux-naturalistic, »

- Dave Holmes

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