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Entertainment The X Factor's launch show suffers 800,000 drop in viewers from last year's premiere

15:20  28 august  2016
15:20  28 august  2016 Source:   pressassociation.com

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Going down? Last year , The X Factor ' s first instalment suffered a two million drop in figures from the previous year . Power duo! Rylan and Matt bounce of each other effortlessly. The show , which is fronted by Rylan Clark-Neal and Matt Edmondson, was the second most-watched digital programme of the day behind the Hull City v Manchester United match on BT Sport, which averaged 827, 000 viewers . The X Factor ' s launch show still managed to pull in more viewers than the BBC' s 30th anniversary episode of Casualty, which was the channel' s most-watched programme on Saturday night with 5.1

The series premiere slumped in the ratings, shedding well over one million viewers from the 2014 launch ' s total, and recorded the lowest debut viewing figures since the second series of the show in 2005. Scroll down for video. Cowell dropped long-standing judge Louis Walsh and last year ' s Mel B and instead poached Rita Ora from her judging spot on The Voice, as well as enlisting her pal, Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw. Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has returned to the panel alongside Cowell, while long-term host Dermot O'Leary left, and was replaced by former Xtra Factor presenters Caroline Flack and

The X Factor © The X Factor 2016 stars Dermot O’Leary, Sharon Osbourne, Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis ... The X Factor

The X Factor’s launch show saw a fall of 800,000 viewers from last year’s first episode and has received the lowest viewing figures since 2005, overnight data has revealed.

The return of ITV’s talent-hunting programme was viewed by 6.8 million people on Saturday night.

This represented a 34% audience share, compared with the 2015 launch show which had initial overnight figures of 7.6 million and an audience share of 39%.

X Factor’s second series in 2005 premiered with 6.72 million viewers, meaning this year’s effort got off to a bumpy start with its lowest audience in 10 years.

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But this year the show ' s been losing viewers , with the Sunday show 800 , 000 viewers down on the opener last month. The last time the programme pulled in fewer than eight million viewers is thought to be December 2007. The X Factor is struggling to match even last year ' s figures, with Saturday' s audition show down almost three million viewers compared to last year . 'Not enough singing'. Some have complained that the programme doesn't include enough music. And there' s been more bad news for X Factor creator Simon Cowell: there have been reports that his programme Red Or Black? may

However, its TV rival The X Factor averaged around 4.6 million viewers for yesterday’ s episode. With the singing competition beginning at 8.30pm, it overlapped with Strictly for 30 minutes. The pre-recorded auditions show reached 5.6 million viewers at its peak whereas last week’ s debut show had a million more watching. But it wasn’t all good news for Strictly as the show was still down on 800 , 000 viewers from last year ’ s launch show . The figures make it the lowest launch show in six years when 8 million switched on. Strictly Come Dancing 2018: The show was he most watched of the weekend

However, the new series’ debut had a peak audience of 7.5 million, while last year’s launch peaked at 7.9 million, leaving just a 400,000 discrepancy.

The drop in numbers comes despite show boss Simon Cowell bringing back old favourites Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger to the judging panel, and reinstating long-running host Dermot O’Leary after a year away.

X Factor 2015 © X Factor 2015 starred Nick Grimshaw, Rita Ora, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Simon Cowell (Thames/Syc... X Factor 2015

Last year, The X Factor’s first instalment suffered a two million drop in figures from the previous year: in 2014 an average of 8.9 million people watched the show on the same weekend despite Simon’s hopes that the revamped format and judging panel would draw in more viewers.

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Show : The presenter' s last appearance on his Saturday afternoon Radio 2 show was on May 8, but station bosses have been unable to give any confirmed date for the star' s return. They added that Rylan' s illness wasn't COVID-related. Rylan has become one of the busiest men in showbusiness after rebranding himself as a television and radio presenter following his stint on The X Factor , where he was considered the 'joke' act and finished fifth. He has hosted ITV' s This Morning and replaced the late Dale Winton when the channel brought back the gameshow Supermarket Sweep.

The 2015 line-up included Simon, returning judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and newcomers Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw – as well as presenting double-act Caroline Flack and Olly Murs.

Numbers for the first episode of the current series of The X Factor are set to rise as consolidated figures will be calculated for TV viewers watching on catch-up and other services.

Spin-off show The Xtra Factor Live, which has been given a make-over and is now being broadcast live from the start of the series, was watched by 809,000 viewers with an audience peak of 942,000.

The Rylan Clark-Neal and Matt Edmondson-fronted companion show was the second most-watched digital programme of the day behind the Hull City v Manchester United match on BT Sport, which averaged 827,000 viewers.

X Factor 2016 Launch - London © The Xtra Factor Live stars Rylan Clark-Neal and Matt Edmondson (Ian West/PA Wire/PA Images) X Factor 2016 Launch - London The X Factor’s launch show still managed to pull in more viewers than the BBC’s 30th anniversary episode of Casualty, which was the channel’s most-watched programme on Saturday night with 5.1 million viewers and 26% of the audience share.

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Overall feedback from the first show of the 13th series of Simon’s singing competition has been positive.

  The X Factor's launch show suffers 800,000 drop in viewers from last year's premiere © Provided by Press Association Fans and critics praised the returning judging panel and Dermot, as well as the intimate room auditions, which had been scrapped in previous years for live auditions.

The series will face a fresh battle in the ratings when BBC’s rival show Strictly Come Dancing kicks off with its launch show on September 3.

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