Posted: 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013
By Mehera Bonner
Please grab a box of tissues because it's time for another round of reality TV show-inspired crying. But instead of the contestants making us sad by sharing their touching stories, it's X Factor itself that has us tearing up. Despite two successful seasons in the good ole USA, it looks like the show might call it quits after Season 3.
We know, shocking. The main problem? While The X Factor has a huge audience of dedicated super fans, it's up against some major competition, including NBC's The Voiceand fellow Fox show American Idol.
"There are so many singing shows on right now. There's just too much of it," FOX's former reality chief Mike Darnell told TVLine earlier this year. "Your expectations have to be lowered."
The X Factor did do pretty well in ratings during the Season 2 finale (bringing in 8.3 million viewers) with Mike saying, "If its ratings stayed where they were at, we'd be very happy."
Unfortunately for X Factor, ratings are not its strong suit this year. The show's already plummeted to new lows with little sign of improvement and it's been completely squashed when pitted against competitor The Voice (a scheduling situation that, thankfully for X Factor, doesn't often happen).
A major tech glitch during the first week of America voting also knocked X on its rear and left fans wondering if the show is worth a three hour a week investment. Now, with just a few weeks to go until the mid-December finale, things aren't looking any better with the show hitting an all-time series low for the one-hour elimination episode aired Thanksgiving night. Guess turkey and gravy trumps Fox music competition series.
All told, things aren't looking promising that X Factor will be picked up again next year despite the A-list talent — Demi Lovato, Simon Cowell, Paulina Rubio, and Kelly Rowland — on the judging panel and the headliners that frequently stop by for a guest performance. Mario Lopez, it might be time to start looking for another reality hosting gig.
What do you think? Are X Factor's days numbered or will the show rally in its final weeks? Share your thoughts in the comments below.