News Corp. COO Calls ‘X-Factor’ a ‘Disappointment’

by | February 6, 2013 at 10:21 PM | The X-Factor

Britney Spears and Demi Lovator on "The X Factor" (Ray Mickshaw/FOX)


While address analysts on Wednesday, News Corp. President and Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey addressed concerns about a ratings downturn for for the company’s Fox network, singling out Simon Cowell’sThe X-Factor” as one key “disappointment” for the company.

“We went into the competition round [hoping] to get fresh energy,” Carey said on the conference call, according to Deadline. ”And it was a disappointment for us. It didn’t occur.” He later added that the show was one reason why “we didn’t have a great fall… Clearly that was disappointing for us.”

Of course, the next season of “The X-Factor” will once again undergo a makeover. Britney Spears is gone as is L.A. Reid.

“I thought the talent was amazing,” said Fox’s reality boss Mike Darnell said to Entertainment Weekly about the past season. “Carly Rose was one of the best singers we had on any of these shows. I thought the judges worked. What didn’t work was the schedule. I know no one wants to believe that. It was the worst schedule that one of these shows has had. We had baseball [preemption], which is normal. We had a had a rain delay [one week] where we only aired half an episode. We had Halloween. We had The Voice air against us on our premiere. It was one thing after another. It’s hard for any show to survive that.”