‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and ‘The X Factor’ will remain on ITV until 2019 (at least)
For everyone out there who still enjoys having a double-dose of talent-related TV in “Britain’s Got Talent” and “The X Factor” on ITV, rest assured that this is a tradition that is going to continue.
In a statement today, the network has confirmed that both series are going to get some additional burn on the network thanks to a new deal that lasts through 2019. In a statement, the network’s director of television in Kevin Lygo stated the following:
“Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor are both big, brilliant, wonderful shows and I am delighted that they will continue to take up their place as an important part of our schedule for the next three years … They are defining shows for us, ones that we are very proud to have as part of our entertainment slate, and they continue year after year, for months at a time, to be amongst the most popular and hugely entertaining formats on television.”
This news comes after “The X Factor” itself made a significant resurgence on the air this year, drawing improved ratings and a stronger critical reception for its judging panel, which included the return of Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh, and Nicole Scherzinger. While it is still early in the season and the level of talent will likely carry the day, we do consider these numbers for now as a fairly positive step in the right direction.
As for “Britain’s Got Talent,” there was never any concern over its future given that it remains a titan in the ratings. Both of these shows have Simon Cowell as a judge, and the ITV deal even dictates that Simon must continue to be a judge on at least one of them moving forward.