The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent are staying put on ITV. The commercial broadcaster has struck a new three-year deal with Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia UK to renew both shows through to 2019.
Under said deal, Britain’s Got Talent will return in Spring 2017, with The X Factor following in the Autumn. “I want to thank ITV for continuing to be fantastic partners”, said Simon Cowell. “I’m delighted for the shows and, in particular, for all the talented people who work on them with us”.
Now in it’s thirteenth season, The X Factor is currently averaging a consolidated audience of 8.8 million viewers and a 34% share. The audience peaked this season at 10 million viewers, out performing every episode of 2015, including the final. Season thirteen is also proving popular with the younger demo, attracting a 53% share of 16-34s.
Britain’s Got Talent is ITV’s most watched entertainment show and is averaging a consolidated audience of 9.9 million viewers. It is also the only ITV show to have exceeded an audience of 12 million viewers this year (not including the Euros). Both shows are produced by FremantleMedia’s Thames TV.
“I’m delighted that we are continuing our successful relationship with ITV for a further three years”, said Richard Holloway, Managing Director of Thames TV & Interim CEO of FremantleMedia UK. “We are immensely proud of Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor and we look forward to entertaining viewers for years to come.”
While ITV’s Director of Television Kevin Lygo added: “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.”