For East Coast viewers, X Factor started 40 minutes late, as Fox waited out a rain delay of Game 3 of the National League Championship Series, which had an afternoon start time. Later, as Fox got word that the baseball game was about to resume, the singing contest’s final 15 minutes were abruptly cut off in the U.S. (in favor of the remainder of a Mindy Project encore).
As X Factor boss man Simon Cowell summed it all up on Twitter: “It’s what’s known as a total f up.” (In fact, due a technical snafu on top of everything else, a portion of the East Coast feed was accidentally distributed to the West Coast prior to 8 pm PST. Even Britney would say, “Oops” to that.)
West Coast viewers in the U.S. will get an X Factor repeat, while Canada’s CTV reportedly carried Wednesday’s X Factor in full for everyone — so beware of spoilers from the Great White North.
This Thursday’s X Factor is already preempted by Game 4 of the NCLS.
With X Factor re-airing on Tuesday — opposite NBC’s The Voice — Fox’s regularly scheduled comedy line-up will be bumped a week.