By James Hibberd
November 02, 2011 at 05:20 PM EDT
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The X Factor will return.

Fox is doubling down on Simon Cowell’s lavish reality series, picking up the show for a second season. Though X Factor is an expensive production and ratings have been less than what analysts (including Cowell) expected, the show has averaged more than 13 million viewers when including DVR playback. Overall, X Factor has ranked as fall’s top reality show and has also boosted Fox’s Wednesday and Thursday nights by 37 and 41 percent, respectively, in the key adult demo.

The X Factor is a monumental success,” said Fox’s president of alternative Mike Darnell. “It’s won every night it’s been on the air, the talent is phenomenal, the live shows are spectacular and picking it up is a complete no-brainer. Simon and his team have done an incredible job with the show.”

The original UK version of X Factor and Fox’s own American Idol grew in the ratings after their debut seasons and Fox doubtless hopes this edition will do the same next year. The news comes as X Factor prepares to focus on its Top 12 contestants tonight.

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