X Factor ratings hit five-year low
Monday 10 September 2012
The X Factor's audience has sunk still further after the latest show dipped below eight million viewers for the first time in almost five years.
Last night's edition of the ITV1 programme had an average audience of just 7.9 million, even including the viewers who followed the show on the +1 channel.
In previous years the programme has tended to build its audience from the launch show, but this time the series has been shedding viewers, with the Sunday show 800,000 viewers down on the first edition last month.
The last time the programme pulled in fewer than eight million viewers is thought to be December 2007. Last night's show had been up against the closing ceremony of the Paralympics.
The X Factor is continually struggling to match even last year's figures, with Saturday's audition show down almost three million viewers on the figure for this stage of the competition in 2011.
The programme pulled in 8.2 million, which was 2.9 million down on the previous year.
There have been criticisms about the minimal amount of each programme which is actually devoted to music.
In a further blow for X Factor supremo Simon Cowell, there have been reports that his programme Red Or Black? may be axed by ITV.
However an ITV spokeswoman said: "No decision has been taken on further series. We are concentrating on the current run."
Look beyond the usual shows for the best festive telly
Michelle Nijhuis' daughter insists (s)he is, and she learnt a valuable lesson on gender in books
newsFormer soldier taped 33 of the animals to the floor and then stamped on them one by one
Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
Robin Thicke named sexist of the year 2013
Cycle death inquest: Boyfriend hugs driver of 32 tonne tipper truck that killed his girlfriend
Paul Walker death caused by speed alone
Apollo Theatre collapse: Scores injured after ceiling collapses in London's West End
- 1 North Koreans are gasping for the truth: Let's give it to them
- 2 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 3 Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber is 'retiring from music'
- 4 Burglar steals video tapes of child abuse, hands them into police
- 5 Cycle death inquest: Boyfriend hugs driver of 32 tonne tipper truck that killed his girlfriend
- < Previous
- Next >
£6.31 per day: Inspiring Interns: One of the biggest names in sport is offerin...
£20000 - £25000 per annum: Inspiring Interns: This company is a division of th...
Up to £22K (OTE year 1 - £40,000): Seltek Consultants Ltd: Seltek is a leading...
£285 per day: PCR Recruitment Limited: This is a unique opportunity for an Ent...