As much as the fans have given the show a thumbs up, the X Factor viewing figures have dropped to the lowest they’ve been since the show first launched back in 2004.
The show returned to our screens last Saturday and featured the new judging line up of Robbie Williams, his wife Ayda Field and former One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson, and of course, Simon Cowell.
In pretty bad news for the show, Saturdays episode had a total of 5.7 million viewers on Saturday night, which is whopping 500,000 less than last year’s first auditions show.
These initial ratings don’t include the amount of viewers that watch the show on repeat, online or on a mobile device.
When it comes to watching the show online, YouTube pulled in 5 billion viewers, and the show was still the biggest show on Saturday night telly.
The first episode of the new series racked up 6.3 million viewers and had a 48 per cent share of 16-34 year olds viewing public.
As for Sunday night’s show, that fell to 5 million viewers, which is an even bigger loss of viewership than Saturday night with 1.5 million less than 2017’s first Sunday show.
Kevin Lygo, the ITV boss, defended the show’s falling ratings. Saying: ‘X Factor, more than any other show, it’s been running a long time, ratings have been going down a bit, but it’s still…
‘The idea that you could launch a new show today that is as big as X Factor is now, I mean, our job is to keep it young, keep it good, keep it fresh.’
Simon Cowell said that he personally enjoyed this year’s auditions more than any other year.
Saying: “I’ve had more fun during auditions than I have had in years! The new panel have been great and I love doing auditions in front of an audience.”