'The X Factor' lifts Fox to November sweep win
The network won the November "sweep" period among the advertiser-coveted demographic of adults ages 18 to 49 for only the second time in its history, according to Nielsen. And Simon Cowell's "X Factor" -- which has rejuvenated Fox's overall fall prospects -- has played a key role.
Fox averaged a 3.4 rating in the demographic, compared with a 3.2 for runner-up CBS; ABC got a 2.8 while NBC ranked last with a 2.6. Fox was the only network to post a November gain relative to last year, at 13%.
"The X Factor" was the month's top unscripted entertainment program and has helped Fox enormously during midweek -- at least when the show has not been interrupted by postseason baseball.
But it's not all good news for the network. "Terra Nova," its time-travel epic, started out strong earlier this fall but has since drooped in the ratings.
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Photo: "X Factor" helped propel Fox to a rare November sweeps win.
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