1. Simon Cowell has signed a new deal with ITV that will see The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent stay on air for at least another three years.
It had been widely speculated that the singing competition would end this year at the end of the current contract, after ratings declined in recent years. The show still averages 7.6 million viewers, although some new innovations like the “Flash Vote” have already been dropped.
2. Simon Cowell said:
I am thrilled that we have extended our deal with ITV for Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor. They have been fantastic partners and some exciting new plans to take the shows to the next level.
3. ITV’s director of television Peter Fincham said:
Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor are two of the most popular and most talked-about shows on TV. They set the gold standard for entertainment production. We’re pleased to announce this new deal, which will see them continue to be an important part of ITV’s schedule.
4. The new deal should see the way clear for Cowell to return to the UK X Factor judging panel.
Gary Barlow has already announced that the current series will be his last. And with the US version’s audience dropping to an all-time low of 3.6 million last week, it looks unlikely that it will be renewed for another series, which would free Cowell up to return to the UK judges desk.