LOS ANGELES (FoxKansas.com) -- The FOX network has announced that executives have approved a second season of "The X Factor," the hit reality show that has lifted the network's fortunes this fall season.
The singing competition show is narrowing down its competitors as they battle it out for a $5 million recording contract and media attention.
"The X Factor' is a monumental success," said Mike Darnell, the network's president of alternative entertainment. "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 network said the show has emerged as the No. 1 reality series on broadcast television this fall and is outperforming hits like "Survivor," "Dancing with the Stars," "Amazing Race," and "The Biggest Loser."
According to FOX, "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 show 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%. 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.
The show was brought to the U.S. from England by Simon Cowell, the former "American Idol" judge who has become a cultural icon.
“I am absolutely thrilled with the news,” said Simon Cowell. “I have loved making the show and I want to thank FOX, our sponsors and most importantly, the fans for supporting 'The X Factor.'”
FoxKansas.com Staff Writer Alfred Charles contributed to this report. He can be reached at email@example.com.