It's official: FOX has canceled The X Factor
. After just three seasons, the U.S. adaptation of the British hit is over.
The show began as a fall substitute for American Idol
with big goals and a $5 million prize. The ratings were less-than-ideal
to start with, but the show's numbers bottomed out with the recent
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Simon Cowell has already announced that he is returning to judge the original British version of The X Factor
The end of The X Factor
leaves some gaping holes in FOX's fall schedule, which is great news for any potential pilots currently in the works, as well as for any bubble shows currently on (such as Almost Human
and The Following
The cancellation is not much of a surprise as even Cowell knew that the third season of The X Factor
was a failure, pulling in pathetically low ratings and creating very little buzz. WHne it ended, Cowell said that a future season would need dramatic changes to the format, but now that won't be necessary. The iTunes success of season 3 winners Alex and Sierra towards the end of the season started to show some signs of potential in The X Factor
, but it was obviously too little, too late.
Will you miss The X Factor
? Or will American Idol
, The Voice
, America's Got Talent
and a dozen other shows be enough?(Image courtesy of FOX)