Fox has ordered a second season of unscripted series The X Factor, it was announced today by Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.
"The X Factor is a monumental success," said Darnell. "It's won every night it's been on the air, the talent is phenomenal, the live shows are spectacular and picking it up is a complete no-brainer. Simon and his team have done an incredible job with the show, and I'm absolutely thrilled to bring back The X Factor for another fantastic season."
Over the course of the 20 hours that have aired, The X Factor has emerged as the No. 1 reality series on broadcast television this fall and is outperforming returning hits like Survivor by +27%, Dancing with the Stars by +38%, The Amazing Race by +47% and The Biggest Loser by +104%. In addition, The X Factor is one of the top three new series and one of the top ten shows overall this season. Averaging more than 13 million viewers, The X Factor has significantly improved Fox's year-over-year time period performance on Wednesday and Thursday nights among total viewers by +78% and +38%, respectively, and among Adults 18-49 by +37% and +41%. Additionally, thanks to The X Factor, Fox is now No. 1 among Adults 18-49 on Thursday nights for the first time in the network's history.
Tonight, for the first time this season, fans of The X Factor will be able to vote for their favorite Top 12 Finalists, including: Girls - Melanie Amaro, Rachel Crow and Drew; Boys - Astro, Marcus Canty and Chris Rene; Over 30s - LeRoy Bell, Stacy Francis and Joshua Krajcik; and Groups - InTENsity, Lakoda Rayne and The Stereo Hogzz. With the help of their mentors, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and L.A. Reid, the finalists have been training hard for their LIVE performances, airing tonight Wednesday, Nov. 2 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on Fox.
The X Factor was created by Syco Television and is produced by Syco Television and FremantleMedia North America. Rob Wade and Siobhan Greene are executive producers for Syco Television. Cécile Frot-Coutaz, Richard Holloway and Andrew Llinares serve as executive producers for FremantleMedia North America.