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Though Fox’s The X Factor performed solidly in the ratings while delivering 40 hours of programming last fall, the show struggled with the perception of failure — both critically and in terms of the show’s ratings, which declined from the first season. There’s no doubt Fox hoped for more strength from the heavily hyped show, and executives gave a couple hints Tuesday about what they thought missed the mark.

The network’s entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly, talking to critics at a Fox press event, staunchly defended the show. “I thought The X Factor was excellent this year,” he said. »

- James Hibberd

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