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X Factor Is No Factor Here; Kane Scores on Versus

Melanie Amaro, Chris Rene and Josh Kracjik have hardly become household names in Western New York.

English: Paula Abdul at the American Idol Expe...

The zany Paula Abdul

They are the three finalists in Simon Cowell’s “The X Factor,” which has a two-night finale next Wednesday and Thursday.

The 90-minute semifinals Wednesday night only earned a 5.2 rating on local Fox affiliate WUTV, meaning 5.2 percent of area households were tuned in. That is higher than the 4.5 rating the show averaged during the November sweeps, when it was tied for 59th  place with ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (which was canceled as a regular series Thursday) in prime time locally.

But the 5.2 rating is well below the national average and about one-third the average of what “American Idol” has gotten here even in recent declining years. Thursday’s results show dropped to a 4.3 rating, indicating few local viewers cared who advanced to the finals.

Why has “Factor” not been a local  factor despite having two former “Idol” judges – Cowell and Paula Abdul, who can be more zany than Newt Gingrich?

For one thing, Fox waited too long to put it on. By the time it aired, NBC had previously aired three similar shows with singing – “America’s Got Talent,“  “The Voice” and “The Sing Off.”

Additionally, Cowell has lost his bite and became a kinder and gentler analyst.

The early shows also were so bloated with bells and whistles and phony drama that they became almost impossible to endure.

Finally, there’s the talent thing. I watched on and off Wednesday night and concluded I wouldn’t pay $5 to see the performer who stands to win a $5 million recording contract and be part of an “iconic” Pepsi commercial.

The question now is how much of an impact the existence of “The X Factor” will have on the return of “Idol“ in a month. Fox has always been reluctant to carry two “Idols” per season on the theory that it would overexpose the brand. “X” is so similar to “Idol” that Fox essentially has had the equivalent of two “Idols.”

One thing is for sure. “X” can’t help “Idol,” which may be one reason why Fox has been heavily promoting “Idol” for about a month now.

It is official. Channel 2′s revised daily noon show Monday will be called “2 Sides With O’Loughlin and Mazurek.” Bill O’Loughlin now will be debating Kristy Mazurek, a former Channel 7 reporter who is a member of the Erie County Democratic Committee and Democratic campaign coordinator.

South Buffalo native and Chicago Black Hawks star Pat Kane was the subject of Wednesday’s premiere of the new Versus series, “NHL 36.” The series follows a NHL player for 36 hours before, during and after games. Buffalo and Kane’s father got a lot of camera time, too. The 30-minute show included footage of Kane bringing the Stanley Cup to Buffalo last summer and being involved in a Chicago charity event. A few hours after the show aired, Kane illustrated his stick magic during a sick shoot-out goal that was No. 1 on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays. If you missed NHL 36 (I missed the first five minutes), it re-airs on Versus at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 29, at 5 p.m. Jan. 1 and at 9 a.m. Jan. 6 after Versus becomes known as NBC Sports Network. It airs on the NHL Network at 4 p.m. this Saturday and at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday. The Kane shootout goal undoubtedly will re-air for decades.

pergament@msn.com

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1 response to "X Factor Is No Factor Here; Kane Scores on Versus"

  1. Doug says:

    The Kane shootout goal undoubtedly will re-air for decades………..DECADES?? Im guessing thats sarcasm. A regular season game – A lousy effort by the goal tender.

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