Simon Cowell

Fox has ordered a second season of The X Factor, the network announced Wednesday.

While the singing competition series may not have nabbed the 20 million viewers judge Simon Cowell initially expected, it has been performing steadily since its Sept. 21 premiere. The show's most recent two-and-a-half hour live episode averaged 11.78 million viewers.

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"I am absolutely thrilled with the news," Simon Cowell said in a statement. "I have loved making the show and I want to thank Fox, our sponsors and most importantly, the fans for supporting The X Factor."

Added Mike Darnell, Fox's president of alternative entertainment: "The X Factor is a monumental success. 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, and I'm absolutely thrilled to bring back The X Factor for another fantastic season."

Social TV: The X Factor and Twitter join forces

The X Factor
airs tonight at 8/7c when the final 12 acts will perform — and for the first time ever, fans will be able to vote for their favorites via Twitter.

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