ITV ratings slump continues as X Factor is watched by 3million fewer viewers than last year... while bosses 'plan to axe failing Red Or Black'

By Emma Gritt

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Overnight viewing figures reveal X Factor pulled a peak of only 7.9 million viewers last night, adding more speculation that the singing competition could be losing its sparkle.

Since the show's return to screens four weeks ago, it has been struggling to entice the large audience numbers it has grown accustomed to over the last eight series.

Saturday night's show, which featured Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, pulled in 8.2m viewers from 8.10pm, including the broadcast an hour later on ITV1 +1 - the lowest ratings for the 2012 series.

Ratings winner: Geri Halliwell helped X Factor claw back some of their lost viewers on Saturday night

Ratings winner: Geri Halliwell helped X Factor claw back some of their lost viewers on Saturday night

And last night’s show was down 400,000 on last week’s programme, despite Cowell flying in from Los Angeles to personally oversee the editing.

After a summer of Team GB and Paralympic GB, X Factor bosses are finding it hard to get viewers to change their allegiance to Team Tulisa, Gary, Louis or Nicole.

 

Last week, the third episode managed just 8.6 million viewers across ITV and ITV 1+.

Too much: Viewers seem to be less interested in fame hungry singers, and prefer the dedication of athletes and sportsmen and women

Too much: Viewers are losing interest in fame hungry singers, preferring the dedication of athletes

Ratings winner: Rihanna and Jay Z joined Coldplay to perform at the Olympics Closing Ceremony

Ratings winner: Rihanna and Jay Z joined Coldplay to perform at the Olympics Closing Ceremony

The figures are a stark contrast to four episodes in to the competition this time last year when the show averaged 11.1 million viewers – and the series peaked at 12.5 million.

Viewing figures for last night's show are also thought to taken a dive due to people tuning in to the pomp and fanfare of the Paralympics Closing Ceremony.

Figures reveal that the elaborate event, screened on Channel 4, pulled an impressive 5.9 million viewers.

The incredible spectacular that marked the end of a blissful summer of sport featured a fifteen-song live performance from Coldplay, and segments when they were joined by global megastar Rihanna and rapper Jay-Z.

Spectacular finale: The Paralympics Closing Ceremony is expected to trounce X Factor in the ratings

Spectacular ending: The X Factor couldn't compete with the Olympics Closing Ceremony

Real heroes: Paralympians soak up the Closing Ceremony atmosphere inside the Stadium

Real heroes: Paralympians soak up the Closing Ceremony atmosphere inside the Stadium

Dubbed The Festival of the Flame, it also featured a Mad Max inspired skit where industrial, over-styled cars, modified and welded in Britain, roared in to the Olympic Stadium, thrilling audiences.

After six weeks of watching British athletes winning medals and breaking records, the UK was glued to the closing ceremony.

The Olympics and Paralympics have captured the imaginations and hearts of the entire country, who have discovered a perhaps previously unknown love for competitive sport.

X Factor producers have previously blamed the dip in ratings on warm weather, and people choosing to watch the show on catch up services.

Meanwhile, it has been claimed that ITV bosses are considering axing another of their big Saturday night shows, Red Or Black, after the second series failed to draw in viewers.

The gambling show only attracted just over four million on viewers on Saturday night to watch carpenter Graham Fletcher win £1.5 million, the biggest cash prize in UK TV history and ITV bosses said to be ready to pull the plug.

Get us out of here! Ant and Dec are also said to be keen to ditch their roles presenting Red Or Black after the ITV show failed to draw in viewers

Get us out of here! Ant and Dec are also said to be keen to ditch their roles presenting Red Or Black after the ITV show failed to draw in viewers

According to reports, presenters Ant and Dec are also planning to ditch their roles presenting the programme to concentrate  on their other shows I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me out of Here! and Saturday Night Takeaway.

A source told The Sun newspaper: 'Ant and Dec have a huge, loyal fanbase but if a format doesn't interest people then there is only so much they can do.

'They have done two series and it still hasn't worked. They're not jumping up and down about it, but it's highly unlikely they'll make more.

'Their focus is on I'm A Celebrity... and Saturday Night Takeaway.'

VIDEO: X Factor's Christopher Maloney on his performance of The Rose by Bette Midler 


 

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This is because not only is the quality of the majority of the acts are below Wagner . Perhaps it's not even because parents don't won't young children watching it ( who can blame them when a stopper in a body stocking giving Louis a lap dance) .maybe just maybe it's because who ever wins last two years max and then fades into obscurity .

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That's what happens when you dumb down a show (same happened with Big Brother) keep it quality entertainment and we will watch. I also resent all my Saturday nights and later on Sunday nights too being taken up by waffle, advertising and more waffle with no real show to watch. I stopped watching two years ago and can't say I miss it. I try to totally avoid it but it is impossible!

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X Factor is past its sell-by date. The only decent thing on TV on Saturday is Doctor Who.

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Tv on Saturday doesn't go on except for dvds, No interest in talent or dancing shows, at least there are drama's in the week now.

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X-Factor isn't what it ued to be.

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Who still watches tv anyway? There's nothing worth watching on any channel. - Deadbeat, Leeds, 10/9/2012 17:07 Who still comments on something they don't watch?

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We have the same problem in the U.S. and Canada. Every year (it seems) ANOTHER dancing/singing/juggling puppies show pops up. Yes, there are a lot of talented people in the world. That is very nice. But I have had enough. The only show I ever watched/loved was SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, both the American version with the wonderful Kat Deeley, and the now-cancelled Canadian version with some Canadian host, who was not, and never will be, Cat. But I stopped watching the American version this year. I really have had it. And I never watched any Idols, X-Factors, etc. There are a lot of amazing singers in the world, and any time I want to hear one I have UTube, CD's and the radio. That and a good book are all I need.

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X Factor has no X factor, it's a talentless show full of wannabes.

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No wonder Kelly Rowland left this show... Fake to its core plus having to sit next to talentless chavvy Tulisa

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Essential ingrediants for every show: - 1. Someone with a recently dead relative and the sob story 2. Judges to cry for no apparent reason at average performance 3. One talentless idiot to get through 4. At least two people going on for a dare pretending they think they are good and the judges playing along too (one of them must pretend to the hump and be rude when walking off) 5. Labi Sifre - Something Inside so Strong 6. Pointless judges' pretend argument. 6. Judges to get despondent about lack of talent in city and then on walks surprise package who is quite good, not that good but said to be "a true superstar".

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