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Hey Simon Cowell: With 'X Factor' ratings sliding, can you save it?
Hey Simon Cowell: With 'X Factor' ratings sliding, can you save it?

Attention, Simon Cowell: You need to rethink the ratings factor for "The X Factor." Fox's singing contest reemerged Tuesday night with a serious baseball hangover, drooping to just 4.9 million total viewers with a two-hour special, according to Nielsen. True, Cowell's extravaganza has had to contend with several weeks of postseason baseball and World Series interruptions -- its most recent telecast before Tuesday was way back on Oct. 10 -- and the Tuesday slot is not its customary time period. PHOTOS: Cable versus broadcast ratings But so what? Those are lousy numbers, no matter what sort of excuse is made for them. And given that "X Factor" is one of...

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