Crushed by Survivor, X Factor being retooled by Simon Cowell and pitched to Fox

Having had his awful show crushed this season by both The Voice and timeslot competitor Survivor, Simon Cowell is retooling X Factor and pitching it to Fox. He remains confident the show will, but with a new format and judges. I hope he’s being his usual delusional self, because if the network re-ups with his crap, it’ll be almost as unforgivable as what they did to Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares.

X Factor is doing so poorly that in its timeslot last Wednesday, for example, it was easily beaten by both Survivor and NBC’s The Sing-Off, among both total viewers and viewers 18 to 49. Thursday it was in in third place behind The Sing-Off and The Big Bang Theory.

Simon Cowell talked to reporters today prior to this week’s third-season finale, and insisted the show would return for a fourth season. According to MJ’s Big Blog’s transcript, he said, confidently, “The show will be back next season.”

But he also said, “We’re in the middle of a presentation with Fox to say this is what we think the show should look like, this is is what we think the fans will like. Yes, my role could change on that show. But I can’t say any more than that.”

He also said the show would “probably not” keep the same judges and would “possibly” shift to one night a week.

Or, better, to guarantee success, how about zero nights a week? I’d watch that.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.