X Factor drops down four million viewers on last year and gets beaten by Strictly Come Dancing”s semi final show
After a tumultuous eighth series the X Factor ended on a low note yesterday.
Sunday night saw the biggest ever X Factor final beat Strictly Come Dancing in the battle for ratings but still struggle to compete with its own past glories.
After losing four million viewers when compared to the 2010 final, Simon Cowell is now said to be thinking of giving the ailing show a complete overhaul.
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After being the most watched show on Saturday, Strictly Come Dancing received 10.9 million viewers on Sunday night with a 39.95 per cent share of the audience.
Thesecond half of the X Factor final, meanwhile, had an average audience of 13.1 million viewers and a dominant 44.26 per cent audience share.
The victory is bittersweet for the ITV show as its television audience had fallen by around four million viewers compared to last year”s final.
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The fact that Strictly was only at itssemi-final stage and X Factor was on its final show will also be a blowfor Cowell who has seen numbers drop this season.
With a peak audience of 15.27 million insiders say that massivechanges are planned for the show.
Cowell is said to be “disappointed and concerned” about the series and is planning changes to the show.
The big boss: Simon Cowell is planning to make some big changes to the ITV show
An X Factor insider told the Mirror newspaper: “Simon took some of the best staff behind the camera for X Factor USA and the new team haven’t worked out.
“There’s a feeling that people are happy to miss the Saturday show and catch up on Sunday because they didn’t care who won as much as in previous years.”
They added: “There is definitely a need for change, on the judging panel and in production.”
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The BBC competition, which sees celebrities team up with professional dancers, attracted 10.96 million viewers during its 6.30pm slot on Saturday.
The X Factor had 10.6 million viewers but this number was disappointing considering it was billed as the biggest final ever.
It was the lowest average audience for the finale of the series since 2007, when Leon Jackson won the show.
In the past: Matt Cardle and Rebecca Ferguson were watched by more viewers on last year”s show
LITTLE MIX FANS ANGRY TEXT VOTE
Little Mix fans were left feeling furious this weekend after they were unable to vote.
Fans reacted angrily after TV bosses banned them from voting for the winner by text message.
Little Mix supporters were particularly angry as they feared it would ruin the girl group”s chances of landing the coveted talent show crown as Marcus and his mentor Gary Barlow have an older fan base who are more likely to call in their vote or press the red button on their TV.
A representative for the show said: “The X Factor final includes a vote “freeze” and therefore a shorter vote period.
“It is not possible for text voting to be offered, as delays can be experienced within the mobile networks.”
Last year a massive 17.2 million people watched ITV as Matt Cardle, Cher Lloyd, One Direction and Rebecca Ferguson battled it out in the final.
A BBC spokesman said: “We are delighted that so many millions of viewers tuned in to watch our couples dance fora place in next week”s grand final, making us once again the most watched show of the evening.”
X Factor numbers have also dropped on their website by nearly 40 per cent compared with last year.
However, an ITV spokesperson said that viewers are interacting differently with the show than in previous years.
They told The Guardian: “This year has seen the beginning of a shift in how viewers engage with shows from PC to mobile and social network interaction, across the board, and The X Factor is no different.
“Our official The X Factor iPhone app has been downloaded over one million times across the series and we”ve seen huge levels of engagement from viewers this year across Twitter and Facebook where we now have over 3.9 million fans.”
All of this years finalists whom have a Twitter account have a combined following of around 2.6 million and the official X factor Twitter feed has about 644,000 followers.
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