No, they really do:
Tom Parker said: ''It's Beatlemania for both boy bands, really. The whole boy band thing has really come back. Us and one direction have gone over to America and are literally just tearing it apart. The whole boy band thing is really alive and it's good that it's two British acts doing it.''The Wanted, it's important to remember, aren't really anything like as popular as One Direction. And One Direction aren't really anywhere close to The Beatles.
(That's not entirely One Direction's fault; it'd be hard for even a functioning band to be 'as big as The Beatles' any more.)
But, certainly, feel free to consider yourself 'more or less on a par with Duran Duran as far as American popularity goes'.