Fox re-airs X Factor episode next Tuesday after rain delay screw up
It's almost enough to make you feel sorry for Simon Cowell.
Thanks to a rain delay in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series baseball game Wednesday, Fox aired part of the conclusion of the judges homes round of Cowell's new singing competition The X Factor, only to yank it when they thought the game might return, airing part of a Mindy Project episode before the game, according to Deadline Hollywood.
Cowell himself told fans on Twitter "it's what's known as a total f up" just after admitting "I have no idea what is happening to the schedule tonight." Baseball is always the double-edged sword for Fox, which sees its schedule seriously disrupted just as TV fans are getting to know the new fall season.
Wednesday's X Factor was a highly-hyped episode concluding auditions at the judges' homes. Now that episode has been pushed back nearly a week to 8 p.m. next Tuesday, pre-empting the network's new comedy block, including The New Girl, The Mindy Project, Ben and Kate and Raising Hope.
The move also puts X Factor back in direct competition with NBC's The Voice, a rival singing competition which defeated it in ratings the last time they went head-to-head.
Gotta wonder if all this disruption is worth programming that got beaten in ratings by The Voice, Dancing with the Stars and 2 Broke Girls on Monday.
Fox's press release is below:
NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RAIN DELAY PUSHES CONCLUSION OF “THE X FACTOR” ‘JUDGES HOMES’ ROUND
TO TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23
Due to tonight’s rain delay of Game #3 of the National League Championship Series, the highly anticipated conclusion of the “Judges’ Homes” round of THE X FACTOR will air in its entirety on Tuesday, Oct. 23 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. The competition kicks into high gear on Tuesday, when the judges reveal which four acts in each of the four categories – Teens, Young Adults, Groups and Over 25s – continue and which two acts are eliminated.
Tonight on the West Coast (8:00-10:00 PM PT), an encore broadcast of last Wednesday night’s THE X FACTOR will air. The remainder of THE X FACTOR schedule remains intact, with the first live episodes airing Thursday, Nov. 1 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) and Sunday, Nov. 4 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live-PT tape-delayed).