Simon Cowell's 'The X Factor' Debut Beaten By 'Survivor: South Pacific' in Canada


The Fox singing competition bow on CTV fell below average audiences for 'American Idol' north of the border.

TORONTO – Simon Cowell’s The X Factor debuted in Canada on the CTV network Wednesday night, only to be beaten by CBS’ Survivor: South Pacific on rival Global Television between 8 and 9 p.m.

The two-hour X Factor simulcast from Fox pulled in 2.2 million total viewers on CTV, according to BBM Canada data, just behind 2.3 million Canadians that tuned into Survivor: South Pacific.

The X Factor Canadian primetime bow was also well below the 3 million-plus audience that Fox’s American Idol snags on CTV.

X Factor aired against NBC’s Harry’s Law on Global Television during the 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. slot, and against ABC’s Modern Family on Citytv, which drew 933,000 total viewers.

The first episode of Modern Family drew 865,000 total viewers from 9 p.m., followed by the second episode securing 1 million Canadian viewers.