Simon Cowell regrets opening 'big mouth' over ratings

Wednesday October 5, 2011

Simon Cowell says he regrets opening his "big mouth" when he said he wanted X Factor USA to reel in 20 million viewers. 

The music mogul had indicated that it would be a "disappointment" if the new show didn't achieve this figure on its first series. 

He now says that people misinterpreted his statement.

"That was a slight misunderstanding. I wasn't saying I want 20 million for the first episode. I said we want to hit 20 million," he said.

"Of course that went out there and I thought, 'I have really opened my big mouth here because anything now under 20 is a disaster."

The show's first episode attracted 12.5 million viewers, which was less than the premiere of the new series of Modern Family on a rival US network.

But Simon added that he was hopeful the show would draw in 20 million viewers eventually.

"I do believe - in time, because I believe in the show - we're going to hit those numbers. 

"You've got to remember - this is a new show," he added.

Photo: ę Rex Features

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