TV Notes: 'X Factor' gives Fox ratings win


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Quick, somebody give Khloe Kardashian Odom's stylist a raise!

The new "X Factor" host's ultra-sheer, ultra-revealing top on Wednesday night's live show helped Fox finally score the ratings the network has been expecting after adding Britney Spears and Demi Lovato as judges, E! reports.

For the first time, "X Factor" came in first place in the coveted 18-49 demographic, leading Fox to win the night overall. The overall audience jumped by 30 percent.

Of course, the live show had more going for it than Ms. Odom going braless (which a blushing Simon Cowell called "distracting"): The Halloween episode also marked the first time viewers got to see Ms. Lovato and Ms. Spears giving live commentary, plus the debut of new hosts Ms. Odom and Mario Lopez.

CBS came in second Wednesday night, ABC third and NBC fourth. The only other series to gain in the ratings was the CW's "Supernatural," with 2.11 million viewers.

Kimmel and Letterman

It was a late-night love fest in Brooklyn on Wednesday, as Jimmy Kimmel -- broadcasting from New York City in the wake of Hurricane Sandy -- realized a childhood dream of interviewing his hero, David Letterman, for the very first time, People reports.

"I'm more excited that he's here tonight than I'm able to explain," the ABC host, 44, said in introducing his CBS counterpart, whose career in late night stretches back to 1982.

Mr. Letterman, 65, who did two shows without an audience this week, returned the compliment, lauding Mr. Kimmel for being gracious despite their de facto rivalry.

"In show business, one of the precepts is you're not really supposed to be nice to people, especially if you have the same occupation as another person," Mr. Letterman said. "Jimmy has broken that precept and has been nothing but generous and courteous and kind to me."

Mr. Letterman also thanked Mr. Kimmel for being in the city at such a difficult time. "God bless you for coming here," he said. "We're just now recognizing what has unfolded. To have you here, visiting New York City, is a nice thing."

Mr. Kimmel had some fun illustrating his decades-old Letterman obsession, showing photos of his "Late Night"-themed 18th birthday cake and L8 Nite license plate on his first car.

"Did your parents step in?" Mr. Letterman joked. "I mean, these are warning signs, Jimmy."

Mr. Kimmel took the opportunity to ask his guest a handful of personal questions, to which Mr. Letterman was generally forthcoming. Mr. Letterman characterized himself as a well-meaning but somewhat clueless dad to 9-year-old son Harry; as a hapless but happy fly fisherman; and as a largely anti-social person who really doesn't have any male friends at all.

"I don't know why that is," he said of the latter topic. "I don't think that at this point, and certainly not here on this show, that we're going to answer that question ... I think people don't like me."

They like him on television, to be sure. And soon, Mr. Kimmel will be his direct competition there, as he's moving to the 11:30 p.m. slot in January. Mr. Letterman graciously said he couldn't wait for that to happen.

"I want to wish you the best of luck when you move the show," he said. "I think it'll be exciting. I think you're going to be perfect at 11:30 ... I couldn't be happier than to have you in the running."

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