Sound Off: Did You Love Or Loathe 'The X Factor'?

Simon Cowell

Well, the ratings are in and the much-hyped debut of Simon Cowell's latest reality singing competition "The X Factor" were … well, they were alright.

"X Factor" premiered to a decent-but-underwhelming viewership of 12.1 million, with a 4.4/12 rating in the prized 18 to 49 demographic – far less than the third season premiere of Emmy-winning sitcom "Modern Family," which pulled in 14.3 million viewers and a 6.0/15. "Factor" was the fourth most-watched show last night.

Those numbers pale in comparison to the ones Cowell and co-judge Paula Abdul's former employers at "American Idol" enjoy. Last season's debut was watched by 26.1 million people.

Did you watch "The X Factor" last night? Let us know in the comments what you thought of the show. (Ratings aside, everyone we know who tuned in seemed to really like it.) And vote in our poll of which highly rated singing competition is your favorite.