Series is top new reality show of fall

Fox has picked up its new reality series “The X Factor” for a second season.

“X Factor” has been a ratings success for the net, though not to the extent that many thought the Simon Cowell-fueled series could be. Announcement was made Wednesday by Fox reality topper Mike Darnell.

Skein airs Wednesday and Thursday and is averaging 13 million viewers over the two nights. In the 18-49 demo, “X Factor” is averaging a 4.7 rating/13 share and has given Fox, which airs only two hours of primetime most nights, a demo victory on Thursdays.

Most episodes since the Sept. 21 premiere have been running two hours in length, but this week’s Thursday’s telecast will shift back to one hour to make room for the season premiere of “Bones.”

Fox has been forced to reschedule “The X Factor” a few times due to the baseball postseason. Following a rain out of one playoff game, the network shifted “The X Factor” and ended up running an episode on a Sunday.

Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and L.A. Reid, along with Cowell, are mentors to those contestants competing for first place in the show’s singing competition.

Series was created by Cowell’s Syco Television shingle, which produces with FremantleMedia North America.

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