Now what is it with the X Factor results show finishing 15 minutes late?
We have all come to expect that shows will finish a few minutes late – especially when live – but when 8.30 becomes 8.45, it’s a bit of a big ask just to sit back and take it. It can mean that people recording shows after or later in the night will have the ends of them cut off, if they were unaware that the X Factor finished so late and don’t think of compensating their recordings to make up for it.
Finishing at 8.45 would not be so bad, if the EPG reflected it. Last night it didn’t. Nor did it on Sunday night. Seems Seven’s usually accurate EPG gets forgotten on X Factor nights. Wonder how many people missed the end of the Event or Covert Affairs as a result?
Then – the problem transfers over to 7TWO. With the Xtra Factor airing on 7TWO after the X Factor, it cannot start until the X Factor finishes. So that ends up running late, then if they don’t finish on time – as seems to be the case with anything live – then 7TWO programming ends up running even later – in fact, on Sunday night, I noticed the Xtra Factor still going 25 minutes after it should have finished.
I am not a big fan of one hour results shows for reality competition series like the X Factor. Idol last year, dumped their results show. There is no need for results shows to go one hour, let alone another 15 minutes on top.
When I played it back last night, I fast forwarded straight to the bottom two performing, then watched the final result. All done in less than 15 minutes. I didn’t feel like I had missed out on anything. My opinion though – there are obviously people that enjoy these shows, as the ratings reflect – although I am sure Seven would be hoping for a lot more than just a million watching each show.
Problem is, if they keep on running their programming so late, it will start impacting on later shows. We shouldn’t have to set our recorders to record the next show or with ridiculously long overruns just because they can’t organise live shows to finish on time.
I could say the same about the NRL Grand Final on Nine, but that is a one off major event. X Factor is on twice a week, every week.