HitFix's Daniel Fienberg counts down the Bottom 10 of 2012
No. 1 - 'The X Factor'
After "X Factor" completed a lackluster, not-quite-highly-enough-rated first season, Simon Cowell knew something was wrong, so he cleared out half the judging panel and gave host Steve Jones the boot. While Britney Spears and Demi Lovato offered minor improvements as judges, that was offset by the minor dip in quality from new hosts Khloe Kardashian-Odom and Mario Lopez -- Mario and Steve were interchangeably robotic, while Khloe's difficulties reading cue cards ought to have been spotted before she was cast. The problem Cowell didn't foresee involved some of the most inept production in recent reality TV memory. The missed sound and lighting cues were constant. The hosts almost never knew where to be and the judges didn't know how to respond. And week after live week, nothing got better. Too often, amateur-hour TV storytelling undermined, or downright harmed, the contestants, who were decent, but only fleetingly remarkable. [The mentors often harmed contestants as well. Not literally. That would be bad. But Britney, Demi and L.A. Reid all struggled with their contestants, often steering them in directions that led directly to eliminations.] The season culminated in a comically bloated two-hour premiere with the talent bookers only able to wrangle two guest performances to fill the time. Back to the drawing board again, Simon.