ITV agrees new deal to show The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent until 2019
Three more years of ITV stalwarts The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent are coming your way.
ITV has announced a new three-year deal with both popular entertainment shows to continue broadcasting until 2019. The X Factor is currently airing its 13th series, while Britain’s Got Talent completed its 10th series on ITV last May.
The two entertainment shows are amongst ITV’s biggest hitters. The current series of X Factor has so far drawn a consolidated audience of 10 million viewers – beating out every episode of last year’s run – while Britain’s Got Talent averages 9.9 million viewers in the consolidated ratings. The BGT final in spring scored 12.5 million viewers, making it the most watched programme on the channel this year outside of football.
Kevin Lygo, ITV’s Director of Television, said: “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.”
Syco boss Simon Cowell said: “I want to thank ITV for continuing to be fantastic partners. I’m delighted for the shows and, in particular, for all the talented people who work on them with us.”