Fox picks up 'The X Factor' for a third seasonby jmaloni
Top 16 acts revealed Oct. 23
Fox has ordered a third season of "The X Factor," it was announced Monday by Mike Darnell, president of alternative entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company.
"I couldn't be happier about 'The X Factor' already being renewed for another season," said judge and producer 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," Darnell said. "We feel great about the show and I'm thrilled to bring it back next year for season three."
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 to 10:30 p.m. on Fox. Cowell, Lovato, Reid and 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 p.m.). "The X Factor" live shows continue on a special night on Sunday, Nov. 4 (8 to 10 p.m.), with additional performances and the announcement of the season two finalists.