X Factor Renewed Season 3The X Factor may be down from last year, but it still has been the strongest ratings performer for Fox this fall, so the network is renewing the singing competition for a third season. This is much-needed good news for creator/executive producer Simon Cowell on the heels of the botched scheduling of the show’s most recent episode and NBC’s announcement today that The Voice will go head-to-head with The X Factor with Wednesday and Thursday editions the week of November 5. “I couldn’t be happier about The X Factor already being renewed for another season,” Cowell said. “I am so proud of the show and the team who have made it this season.”

The renewal comes as the current second season of X Factor is heading into the live shows November 1, a couple of days before The Voice begins its live shows. “The gloves are off! Expect fireworks,” Cowell said of the live show. Season to date, The X Factor is averaging a 3.9 rating among adults 18-49 and 10.6 million total viewers.