'X'-Out Factor

Posted on October 18, 2012 

So, through a bizarre set of circumstances last night, fans of the "X-Factor" had their show delayed, then partially aired, then yanked again because of a rain delay in the National League Championship Series.

The baseball game started in the mid-afternoon, so there was seemingly enough time for it to begin and end, even if it went into extra innings, before 8 p.m. But a long rain delay caused Fox to bump the first hour of "X-Factor," instead running reruns of "Ben & Kate" and "The Mindy Project."

Then Fox began airing "X-Factor," in which the final 16 were supposed to be revealed. However, only 10 of the results were announced before the baseball game resumed. So East Coast viewers didn't see the rest of the episode, while the show didn't air on the West Coast at all.

The show, however, did air in its entirety in Canada, so the complete results are out there for anyone to see.

Fox said it will re-air the entire episode Tuesday -- the only free night it has because of baseball and the final Presidential debate Monday night, but they've managed to alienate quite a few viewers with the fiasco, not to mention Simon Cowell, who angrily tweeted about the whole mess.

"X-Factor" was supposed to go on a brief hiatus in November, so Fox needed to air this episode at some point. Doing it Tuesday, however, puts it directly against NBC's "The Voice." It also means Fox's comedy lineup, anchored by "New Girl," will be off the air for the second straight week, a bad time to have that happen as its new shows try to build momentum heading into November sweeps.

Expect someone's head to roll over this one.

THURSDAY'S BEST BETS: Game 4 of the NLCS airs tonight (Fox, 7:30 p.m.), so at least nothing will be pre-empted on Fox.

ABC is new with "Last Resort," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal," while CBS has "Big Bang Theory," "Two and a Half Men," "Person of Interest" and "Elementary."

NBC's sitcoms "30 Rock," "Up All Night," "The Office," and "Parks & Recreation" are back from 8-10 p.m., as are new episodes of "Vampire Diaries" and "Beauty and the Beast" on the CW.

On cable, there's new episodes of "It's Always Sunny" and "The League" from 10-11 p.m.

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