Music mogul Simon Cowell said that he feared the US version of The X Factor would fail and be over after its second episode aired.
He revealed that he was tense about the ratings for the show and feared it could end if it lost a good amount of the viewership, which had 12.4 million viewers on the series premiere.
He said, “I wasn’t opening any champagne on the first day because now we had set everyone’s expectations. The worse thing was in the second day because if you have a 30 or 40 percent drop off, you’re dead. And in fact somebody said to me, ‘If this drops off 30 percent Simon, it’s probably going to be all over.’ That is when I was tense.”
He also revealed that there were a ton of people who didn’t want him to succeed with the show, but he remains confident that the ratings will continue to rise.
He added, “As much as people want you to succeed, there’s a ton of people that want you to fail and I took a bit in the neck that first day. But I always trust the public and I get a feel for the show and it’s been positive and starting to grow now.”
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