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First live show boosts 'X Factor' ratings

October 26, 2011 | 12:26 pm

"The X Factor" started its live shows Tuesday -- and drew its highest ratings since the series premiere.

Fox executives have been watching nervously since Simon Cowell's singing competition stumbled a bit in the wake of interruptions and reschedulings from postseason baseball.

But Tuesday's 2 1/2-hour extravaganza -- in which each of the four judges had to pick one act to leave the show -- won the night with a 3.7 rating/10 share in the key demographic of adults age 18 to 49, according to Nielsen.

An average of 10.1 million total viewers tuned in -- a modest figure for a reality show starring Cowell, but a sign of how lopsided toward young viewers the "X Factor" audience is.

The ratings point the show in a positive direction as it heads toward the finale.

What did you think of the first live show? Sound off in the comments or on the poll below.


"The X Factor" recap

-- Scott Collins

Photo: Melanie Amaro performs for the judges on "The X Factor." Credit: Frank Micelotta / Fox