'The X Factor' Renewed by FOX for Third Season

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October 22nd, 2012

via press release:




Top 16 Acts Revealed Tomorrow, October 23 and

The Gloves are Off as THE X FACTOR LIVE Shows Start Thursday, November 1


FOX has ordered a third season of THE X FACTOR, it was announced today by Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.


“I couldn't be happier about THE X FACTOR already being renewed for another season,” said Simon Cowell. “I am so proud of the show and the team who have made it this season. I want to thank our incredible sponsors for their support and creativity, and FOX for going out of their way to do everything they can to make this show a success. Most importantly, I have to personally thank our amazing fans for the support and enthusiasm they have given to THE X FACTOR. Our main commitment will always be to find great talent, and let's not forget, we are now days away from our first live shows. The gloves are off! Expect fireworks!”


“This season, Simon and the producers of THE X FACTOR took an already strong show and made it absolutely fantastic. The format changes are working, the contestants are unbelievably talented, and Britney and Demi – alongside Simon and L.A – have brought an incredibly fun new chemistry to the judges’ panel that our fans really love,” said Darnell. “We feel great about the show and I’m thrilled to bring it back next year for Season Three.”


“We’re absolutely thrilled that THE X FACTOR will be returning to FOX for a third hit season,” said Trish Kinane, President of Entertainment Programming at FremantleMedia North America. “We’ve seen an incredible range of talent so far and we’re getting set for some truly blockbuster live shows this season that viewers will love. THE X FACTOR has really come into its own this year, finding its unique place and cementing its position as one of the leading talent shows in the entertainment landscape, as well as showing clear potential to build into a brand with true longevity. We’re looking forward to working with the fantastic teams at FOX and Syco, along with our sponsors, to build upon the show’s success.”


Season to date, THE X FACTOR is averaging a 3.9 rating among Adults 18-49 and 10.6 million Total Viewers and is a Top 15 show this fall among Adults 18-49 and Adults 18-34. In addition, THE X FACTOR is a Top 5 entertainment program among Teens this season.


THE X FACTOR continues to break social TV records with the most fan engagement of any series on television and three times the social activity of its genre competitors. Each episode consistently achieves more Twitter trending topics than the competition. The second season premiere of THE X FACTOR shattered the record for a series premiere, garnering 1.4 million social comments, according to Bluefin Labs.


Following schedule changes due to the rain-delayed MLB NLCS game last week, on Tuesday, Oct. 23, the highly anticipated conclusion of the “Judges’ Homes” round of THE X FACTOR will air at a special time from 9:30-10:30 PM ET/PT on FOX. Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, L.A. Reid and Britney Spears will reveal the 16 acts among the Teens, Young Adults, Groups and Over 25s categories that will continue in the competition.


Next week, the Top 16 acts will perform on a special LIVE two-and-a-half hour show, hosted by Khloé Kardashian Odom and Mario Lopez, on Thursday, Nov. 1 (8:00-10:30 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed).  THE X FACTOR live shows continue on a special night on Sunday, Nov. 4 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) with additional performances and the announcement of the Season Two finalists.


THE X FACTOR was created by Syco Television and is produced by Syco Television and FremantleMedia North America. Rob Wade and Nigel Hall are executive producers for Syco Television. Trish Kinane, Richard Holloway and Andrew Llinares serve as executive producers for FremantleMedia North America. “Like” THE X FACTOR on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheXFactorUSA. Follow the series on Twitter @TheXFactorUSA and join the discussion at #xfactor.


About THE X FACTOR and Syco Entertainment


Artists discovered by “The X Factor” format have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, including 110 No. 1, 270 Top 10 and 501 Top 50 releases. Local versions of “The X Factor” are now produced in more than 40 territories and the series has won numerous accolades worldwide, including three BAFTA’s, numerous NTA’s, as well as the coveted Rose d’Or.


In the U.S., Season One of THE X FACTOR was FOX’s No. 1 new series launch for four years in total viewers and was FOX’s highest-rated Wednesday night premiere in 13 years among adults 18-49. The show averaged a 4.3/12 among Adults 18-49, with an average 12.6 million viewers. Season One of THE X FACTOR recently received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Costumes for a Variety Program or a Special.


FOX’s THE X FACTOR was also the most social television show of 2011, achieving more than three billion digital impressions and approximately a quarter of a billion YouTube views. THE X FACTOR won a 2012 Cannes Digital Lion for Branded Content and swept the Social TV awards, winning Best TV Show Specific Social TV Award, Best Social TV Integration of Twitter and Best of Show Social TV Award for overall excellence in Social TV.


“The X Factor” was devised by Simon Cowell and launched in 2004 in the U.K. where it has remained the No. 1 entertainment show, with the 2010 finale achieving a peak of 21.2 million viewers, and a 65% share. The 2011 finale, held at Wembley Arena, was the most-watched TV show of the year, with a bigger audience than the Royal Wedding. “The X Factor” has launched in nine new territories since the beginning of last year alone, including Chile, Kazakhstan, India, Poland, Bulgaria and Romania. The show has also been the No. 1 program in Denmark for the past five years, with an incredible 40 percent of the population tuning in, and is also the highest-rated program ever for Italy’s Sky Uno.


Syco Entertainment is a leading global music, television, film and digital production company. Syco is a joint venture between Simon Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment. Syco’s television and music assets include leading global franchises “The X Factor” and “Got Talent,” as well as artists including Leona Lewis, Susan Boyle, Il Divo, Cher Lloyd, One Direction and Labrinth.


[EDITOR’S NOTE 1: If FOX airs MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL – WORLD SERIES GAME #7, THE X FACTOR will be preempted on Thursday, Nov. 1 (8:00-10:30 PM ET live/PT

  • Jake

    Suck it Ultima for HATER!

  • Ultima

    Ultima, it may be one of its highest rated, but its also one of the most expensive. The shows budget runs somewhere in the 100-150m range a season and takes up a lot of their primetime slots for a show that could be done much cheaper with similar ratings.


    First, while your cost estimate for The X Factor is reasonable, keep in mind that 42 hours of original scripted content would cost ~$125 million and is likely to have much lower ratings than The X Factor.

    Also, The X Factor’s cost is offset by other things such as product placement (not sure about this season, but last season they pulled in $60 million from Pepsi).

    Overall, the show is making a significant amount of money for FOX, making the renewal an easy one (even if the ratings disappoint some people). Obviously, it’s not the ridiculous money machine that Idol was prior to last season, but it’s a solid show nonetheless.

  • RG-X

    The X factor isn’t a huge suscess but with the delining ratings of the OTHER Fox shows – it is still beating those doing worse. That’s why they are kepping it another season.

  • Remote Patrolled


    Where are you getting the $150 million figure from?

    Even if X Factor costs $100 million, Fox gets about 40 hours of TV out of the show – which brings the cost down to 2.5 million per hour – less than an hour long episode of a drama.

    Sure it doesn’t repeat – but the US version airs around the world. Plus add in sponsor deals and the cost goes down more.

    No-one REALLY knows the real X Factor budget but barring judges’ salaries the UK version is almost identical to the US version and there’s no way ITV1 in England are spending 100 million / 65 million GBP on the show.

    It’s not Idol. It’s not even The Voice. But it’s Fox’s number one show… the renewal was a no brainer!

  • Nick

    Britney won’t be back, you can count on that. She’ll be busy with a new album next year. Looks like Paula will be returning once again!

  • Michael

    Question: Does anyone think Britney Spears is worth a 20 million dollar paycheck?

    *Answer this question, without including all of her success + status in pop culture.*

  • swalker

    Fox also ordered two more episodes for Raising Hope.

  • Ryan

    Raising Hope also got more episodes!

  • Diane


  • Ultima



  • Tom

    The question is not the renewal, it is the budget it will operate under.

  • Jon23812

    Now I hope the people who calls this show Flop Factor will stop.

  • Michael

    -Question: Does anyone think Britney Spears is worth a 20 million dollar paycheck?

    I say absolutely not, she deserves a raise.

    Most people watch this damn show only for her. Without her, it sinks below 3 to 2-2.5 and around 4-5 million viewers and cancellation.Most of her fans dont even like the show but still watch for her.

    Also her replacement, lets say Katy perry , she would also ask 20 million without the same media buzz. So better to keep Britney.

  • Lyndle

    This is probably off-topic but should I be worried about Glee being renewed for a season 5? I thought the ratings we’re okay, especially since it’s up against Grey’s.

  • Ultima

    This is probably off-topic but should I be worried about Glee being renewed for a season 5?

    No need to worry, it’ll be renewed.

  • Jon23812

    @Michael, did you read what you wrote. Last season, X Factor was getting ratings over 4.0, now they are getting low 3.0s. That’s proof that Brittney doesn’t help ratings.

  • marcos

    Glee will definitely it’s going to be renew. its Fox! they kept Fringe, Dollhouse, Sarah Connor Chronicles around when ratings stinked. so until Ryan Murphy it’s not really ready to wrap things up Fox will keep it

  • Brandon

    Just personal opinion, but I think the ratings would be a lot worse if Britney wasn’t on the show, so I think she earned her paycheck.

    I think the trouble will be next season. Like someone mentioned, I think Katy Perry is who they would go after, but she won’t get the press that Britney did.

  • ron

    they need to change things if tyhey want to keep it up!

  • Emjay Graykat

    I really wanted to love this show, but I stopped tuning in. The drama, weepy eyed struggle stories are so over the top it just is hard to watch.

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