'X Factor,' Comedies to Air as Part of Fox's Extended Primetime Block Tuesday
Following this week's snafu, Fox will air all new episodes of "Raising Hope," "Ben and Kate" and "New Girl" as well as "X Factor" from 8 to 10:30 p.m.
After this week’s mix-up with The X Factor, Fox is set to expand next week’s prime time block by a half hour.
On Oct. 23, the network will air all new episodes of Raising Hope, Ben and Kate and New Girl, with an all-new hour-long episode of The X Factor, featuring the conclusion of the Judges’ Homes round, from 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The move follows the abrupt decision Wednesday to cut off The X Factor in the midst of an MLB champion series game delayed by rain.
Fans tuning in for X Factor at 8 p.m. Wednesday saw a rerun of Ben and Kate. Although the singing show did resume around 8:40 p.m., Fox cut out again, airing part of The Mindy Project before rejoining the ball game. According to a Fox spokesperson, the network received word that the delay was expected to last well beyond primetime, so a decision was made to begin airing the show in East Coast markets. An hour into the broadcast, the rain subsided, and when the game was set to resume, the X Factor feed was pulled with the expectation that a switch would be made back to baseball. When that didn't immediately happen, a partial episode of The Mindy Project was tossed on the air as a stop-gap.
Further complicating matters was a technical issue on the West Coast in which the East Coast feed of the show was broadcast prior to the show's 8 p.m. start time, allowing some viewers to see the results earlier than normal. Never one to keep his feelings to himself, Simon Cowell promptly took to Twitter, calling the snafu a “total F up."