The fate of THE X FACTOR hangs in the balance.
No decision has been made about the future of Simon Cowell’s struggling singing competition, Fox programming boss Kevin Reilly says.
“Here is the deal: the show underperformed this year,” Reilly told TV critics in Pasadena today.
“Simon himself would admit that. There were some very good things. I think they produced a really good show. The ratings were not what we had hoped, but this is a number one brand around the world. I don’t know how many markets they are in. They are the number one or two show in many markets around the world. During that life cycle, there have been markets where it has been down and they reanimated it with producing changes and different ideas. I have heard some of those ideas. They are interesting. If the show were to come back, it would not be in the current format we have. We have made no decision on it. I haven’t really engaged him on it other than some general talk. We are going to blow through our option date which I believe is this week and make that decision in the next month.”
THE X FACTOR has struggled to hold on to what few viewers it had since debuting in 2011.
During season three viewership dropped for the first time below the 5 million mark.
But even as of three weeks ago, the show’s creator was hopeful it could return in a scaled down format.
“We are in the middle of a presentation with Fox saying, ‘This is what we think the show will look like and this is what the fans will like,'” Simon said. “Yes, my role could change on that show. But I can’t say any more than that.”
Reilly has not given up on THE X FACTOR despite the fact that it has “certainly led to further stress” on the network’s flagship series, AMERICAN IDOL.
“I wish THE VOICE would go away first.”
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