Last night was the big throwdown: NBC’s The Voice going head-to-head with the relaunch of Fox’s The X Factor.
Despite The X Factor's much-hyped addition of Britney Spears as judge, The Voice prevailed with 10.66 million viewers tuning in to see singers like Vermont’s Nicolle Nelson belt out “Hallelujah” in the blind audition round.
That was down slightly from The Voice’s Tuesday night numbers but still enough to triumph over the season debut of The X Factor, which drew 7.45 million viewers in its direct competition with The Voice.
The show marked the debut of Spears and Demi Lovato as judges and featured performers like 13-year-old Reed Deming, who wasn’t thrown when Simon Cowell stopped him a few bars into his audition, demanding he sing another song.
The X Factor did better in its second hour against America’s Got Talent, ending with an 8.5 million average for the night. That still can’t be good news for Simon. The first season, which was accounted a disappointment, premiered with 12.5 million viewers.