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“X Factor” Ratings Stay Weak, “Glee” Down But Beats Its Lead-In

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Thursday’s ratings for FOX’s “The X Factor” prove that last week’s low ratings were not exclusively the result of competition from the CMA Awards.

“Factor” stayed in very low territory this week, delivering just a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating and 6.3 million viewers for its results show.

The series has already been confirmed for a third season, but no one associated with the show can be happy about how quickly its numbers have fallen following the beginning of the competition portion.

Though “X Factor” dealt with a special episode of “The Voice” this week, the NBC series delivered a lower-rating than last week’s CMAs. And given that “X Factor” delivered a far stronger number earlier in the season when it went against a far stronger episode of “The Voice,” it is hard to blame that too aggressively for this week’s number.

“Glee,” which returned to the lineup this week, followed with a 2.4 rating and 5.73 million viewers. Though down slightly from its prior episode, “Glee” held steadier than its lead-in did–and, in fact, beat out its companion series this week.

On the negative side, with “The Office” up to a season high 2.5 rating, “Glee” currently ranks in fourth place for the timeslot (also behind “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Person of Interest”). Due to NBC pre-emptions for football, however, it is possible “The Office” will be adjusted downward and thrust “Glee” back into third place.