The crucial episode - in which judges Britney Spears, Simon Cowell, LA Reid and Demi Lovato select the contestants they will take forward to the live stages of the competition - only aired in part as a result.
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Cowell wrote on his Twitter page: "Have no idea what is happening to the schedule tonight. Have heard the whole episode will be shown next Tuesday. Sorry. It (sic) what's known as a total f up."
Audiences on the East Coast saw the start of the episode delayed by around 40 minutes, and witnessed Spears and Reid selecting the final four contestants for their respective categories.
Two of Lovato's contestants were also revealed before the programme was cut off without warning after a commercial break for a partial rerun of The Mindy Project.
A caption on the screen announced the rescheduled transmission date, before coverage returned to the NCLS baseball fixture between the San Francisco Giants and the St Louis Cardinals.
Details of the rescheduled show were also confirmed on The X Factor USA's Twitter account.
The X Factor's live shows will begin on Thursday, November 1 as the series takes a break for coverage of the Major League Baseball World Series.
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(Note: Photo gallery contains spoilers for UK viewers)