Any baseball fan would have to agree that this has been one of the most exciting (grand slams for everyone!) and unpredictable post-seasons in recent memory. As unpredictable as the weather. It’s a fitting comparison — after all, several rainstorms have halted or postponed games entirely. Besides the pitchers of those games, there may be no group of people more frustrated by the onslaught of crummy weather than TV fans. Baseball can already screw up your TV-watching schedule as is come October, so when you throw in a rain delay, it’s a big ol’ swing and a miss for non-baseball fans.
Just ask devotees of The X Factor. The reality competition was scheduled to start at its regular time at 8 p.m. on Fox last night. Only problem is that the Game 4 of the ALCS endured a two-hour rain delay, prompting the Detroit Tigers and the Texas Rangers to play ball at 6:32 p.m instead of the scheduled 4:19 p.m. And seeing as baseball is a particularly long game, rain delay or otherwise (though, to the Rangers credit, they made it worth the wait for their fans watching back in Texas), the game was only in its fifth inning when The X Factor was supposed to start.
The two-hour episode — which was supposed to feature, among other things, celebrity guest judge Rihanna (terribly ironic, considering she could have fixed the whole rain delay issue with her umbrella-ella-ella-eh-eh-eh) — will now air Thursday night. That will push Thursday night’s episode to Sunday night, which could also be preempted if a Game 7 of the ALCS needs to be played. All depending on the weather, of course.
So what did you watch instead when baseball rained on The X Factor‘s parade? Did you stay put on Fox in hopes that you’d get to see Simon Cowell’s smiling mugm or are you a baseball fan and stayed glued to your set to see how Game 4 would unfold?
It seems, for the most part, viewing habits stayed about the same last night and many of you opted to tune in to Modern Family (Wednesday night’s big winner with 13.4 million, 5.7), Criminal Minds (12.7 million, 3.7), and Law & Order: SVU (7.2 million, 2.1). But could the baseball delay have changed some TV habits last night? While I personally watched the game (Happy Endings is already set for a season pass on my DVR), I did dare to venture over to FX at one point to see what all the American Horror Story was about. Oh right, it’s to scare the living daylights out of you. Chalk up another win for them!
Tell me PopWatchers, did last night’s baseball and X Factor shake-up totally ruin your night or did everything stay pretty much as scheduled? Tell us what you watched in the poll below!