A two-hour rain delay pushed Game 4 of the American League Championship Series into primetime territory, and has forced Fox to pull The X Factor from tonight’s schedule.

By 8pm, the time The X Factor was supposed to start on the East Coast, the game between the Detriot Tigers and the Texas Rangers was only in its fifth inning. The episode will not air tonight on the West Coast, either.

If rain doesn’t interfere with tomorrow’s Game 5, tonight’s scheduled X Factor telecast will air tomorrow, Thursday October 13, from 8 to 10pm (at which time you can watch Rihanna‘s exciting guest appearance), and Thursday’s scheduled episode will air Sunday night at the same time. Unless Game 7 gets in the way.

The lesson? Not even Simon Cowell can compete with America’s favorite pastime. Or the weather.

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Meghan Carlson

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Meghan hails from Walla Walla, WA, the proud home of the world’s best sweet onions and Adam West, the original Batman. An avid grammarian and over-analyzer, you can usually find her thinking too hard about plot devices in favorites like The OfficeIt’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and How I Met Your Mother. In her spare time, Meghan enjoys drawing, shopping, trying to be funny (and often failing), and not understanding the whole Twilight thing. She’s got a BA in English and Studio Art from Whitman College, which makes her a professional arguer, daydreamer, and doodler.