“I am absolutely thrilled with the news,” said Cowell in a statement. “I have loved making the show and I want to thank FOX, our sponsors and most importantly, the fans for supporting The X Factor.”
While not exactly the ratings powerhouse Cowell predicted it would be, X Factor has become a solid performer for Fox. Per the network’s numbers crunchers, X has averaged more than 13 million viewers and “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%.”
“The X Factor is a monumental success,” said Fox’s top reality exec, Mike 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.”
The pickup comes as X Factor is set to kick off its Top 12 Performance Night, which happens to be the first opportunity for viewers to vote for their favorites.