Thursday October 18, 2012

LOS ANGELES -- Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian Odom are officially joining "The X Factor."

After weeks of speculation, Fox has announced that the "Extra" host and the "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" co-star will indeed host the second season of the talent competition. Lopez and Odom will first appear as hosts during the show's live broadcasts next month, the network said.

"The worst kept secret in Hollywood is out," said "X Factor" creator and judge Simon Cowell in a statement. "Mario and Khloe are our hosts. They will debut on our first live show in November, and I couldn't be happier."

British television personality Steve Jones served as the sole host for the first season of the U.S. edition of the show.

The addition of Lopez and Kardashian is the latest shift for the underperforming singing content. Britney Spears and Demi Lovato joined Cowell and L.A. Reid on "The X Factor" judging panel at the start of the second season. The pair replaced Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger.

"I'm very excited to be joining ‘The X Factor' team," said Lopez, who has also hosted MTV's "America's Best Dance Crew" for the past seven seasons. "I love the show, and I've been a big fan of Simon Cowell and the judges for a long time. Khloe and I have been friends for years, and I know we'll be a great team and have a blast."

The current second season of "X Factor" is earning solid ratings for Fox, but NBC's "The Voice" continues to perform better.


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Last week, 12.55 million people watched "The Voice," while "X Factor" was seen by 9.71 million, according to the Nielsen Co.

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NEW YORK -- An evening of delayed premieres for the networks last week ended with a bang, a solid thump and a fizzle.

ABC, NBC and the CW all debuted new dramas last Wednesday to varied receptions. The grand prize went to the CW network and its fantasy series "Arrow," about a character who is a millionaire playboy by day and a vigilante at night. It was the network's most-watched program since 2009.

ABC's "Nashville" was one of the year's best-reviewed new shows, and the nearly 9 million people who sampled its first episode made it the network's third most-watched drama. NBC's "Chicago Fire" was a disappointment in the same time slot.

NBC continued its best start in a decade in the ratings. CBS won the week.

Nielsen's top prime-time programs for Oct. 8-14. Listings include the week's ranking and viewershipm (in millions):

1. NFL Football: Green Bay at Houston (NBC), 19.9.

2. "NCIS" (CBS), 18.5.

3. "Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick" (NBC), 15.7.

4. "NCIS: Los Angeles" (CBS), 15.1.

5. "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS), 14.2.

6. "Dancing With the Stars" (ABC), 13.5.

7. "Dancing With the Stars Results" (ABC), 13.3.

8. "The Voice" (Monday) (NBC), 12.8.

9. "Modern Family" (Wednesday, 9:30 p.m.) (ABC), 12.3.

10. "The Voice" (Tuesday) (NBC), 12.1.

11. "Modern Family" (Wednesday, 9 p.m.) (ABC), 12.0.

12. "Football Night in America" (NBC), 11.8.

13. "Vegas" (CBS), 11.7.

14. "60 Minutes" (CBS), 11.5.

15. "Criminal Minds" (CBS), 11.4.

16. "Two and a Half Men" (CBS), 11.3.

17. "The OT" (Fox), 11.0.

18. "The Mentalist" (CBS), 10.74.

19. "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS), 10.7.

20. "Castle" (ABC), 10.6.