X Factor ratings continue to slide as boot camp episode attracts 7.86million viewers
15:40 GMT, 23 September 2012
It was high drama on The X Factor last night as the judges whittled down the acts at Boot Camp.
However, the drinking antics and shock exit of homeless singer Robbie Hance, weren't enough to turn around the declining viewing figures.
Saturday's episode attracted 7.86million on ITV1 – down from 8.6million the previous week.
Sliding ratings: The boot camp episode on Saturday night attracted at average of 8.6million viewers
The episode started off with 7.9million viewers – 8.3milion with ITV1+1 figures included.
The figures are down around 2million from the equivalent stage in the competition this time last year.
However, it was the night's most popular programme, with Simon Cowell's game show Red Or Black bringing in 3.9million.
The Jonathan Ross Show took 1.82million in its 10:30pm slot.
Settling in: This series is Nicole Scherzinger's first as a full-time judge after leaving X Factor USA earlier this year
Last week, X Factor was battling its old nemesis Strictly Come Dancing's launch show for viewers – although both were on at separate times.
Strictly's launch show attracted an average audience of 8million, with X Factor's averaging 8.6million.
However, the two shows won't battle it out again until October 5, when the proper Strictly series starts on BBC1.
Cameo appearance: Simon Cowell makes a fleeting appearance in Sunday night's episode
Meanwhile, the latest episode of Doctor Who attracted 5.49million, down from 6.61million the previous weekend – its highest ratings in two years.
The re-appearance of former X Factor judge Cowell may boost ratings tonight.
The music mogul appears on-screen from Miami informing the judges Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh which categories they will be mentoring.