Audience for X Factor semi drops

Audience for X Factor semi drops

The X Factor saw its semi-final audience plummet with 2.6 million fewer viewers than last year, while rival Strictly Come Dancing continued to be a step ahead.

The ITV1 singing contest drew an average of eight million during the 90-minute show, as its ratings slump across the series continued.

At this stage last year the Saturday night edition of the show had pulled in 10.6 million viewers. But compared with the 2010 semi it has proved to be even more disastrous, with the audience dropping almost 42% on the 13.7 million who tuned in two years ago.

Strictly won the ratings battle again last night with an average of 9.9 million viewers. However, even the BBC1 show saw a slight drop on the previous year when it pulled in 10.3 million for the equivalent show.

X Factor normally experiences a lift in viewer interest as it reaches its climax, but last night’s semi-final was actually down 200,000 on the previous Saturday.

The show has seen its fortunes wane since show supremo Simon Cowell left the judging panel after the 2010 series. The failure to produce a significant rise as the series nears its end will probably cause some concerns for ITV bosses who normally saw The X Factor as one of their bankers in terms of audiences and advertising.

More in this Section

Another couple leaves the Love Island villaAnother couple leaves the Love Island villa

Harry and Meghan to begin new life away from Britain's royals on March 31Harry and Meghan to begin new life away from Britain's royals on March 31

JK Rowling confirms title and release date for new Cormoran Strike novelJK Rowling confirms title and release date for new Cormoran Strike novel

‘Charismatic’ TV astronomer Heather Couper dies after short illness‘Charismatic’ TV astronomer Heather Couper dies after short illness


Lifestyle

Martin Hayes doesn’t like to stand still. The fiddle virtuoso from East Clare has made it a hallmark of his career to seek out creative ideas from beyond his musical tradition.Martin Hayes: Breaking new ground

Brian Hassett is from Blackrock in Cork, and has been involved in various aspects of music in multiple guises.A Question of Taste: Brian Hassett, Coughlan's Live

'Comics are not like regular books. They spark the intellect to expand the story and the message.'Drawn to reading: Using comics and illustrated stories to promote literacy in children

Halloumi might be said to be an entire cuisine in itself rather than just any old cheese.Currabinny Cooks: How you could use halloumi in a range of dishes

More From The Irish Examiner