The original X Factor singing competition that takes place in London returned for its tenth season last weekend.
There was an audience viewing number of 10.3 million for the Saturday season premiere episode on ITV1. This means that there were more than 400,000 additional viewers from the season 9 premier. The show airs in the 8-9:20 PM time slot which displayed the re-appearance of Sharon Osbourne as a judge, bringing in an audience of 9.2 million compared to 8.7 million in the previous season, and about 12 million in 2011.
All the numbers include the live viewing for a repeat of the show with an hour’s setback. The regular live audience approximated to about 8.8 million viewers. The producers and judges of the well known singing competition have discussed format changes this season to up ratings after the previous two seasons have seen the audience drop following Simon Cowell’s exit as a judge.
One new addition will include a penetrating performance in front of the current judges Sharon Osbourne, Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, and Louis Walsh; before performing in front of an audience at a huge venue.
Simon made a surprise appearance at this season’s publicity launch event on August 29th. The event comprised of edited parts from the season 10 premiere. “It was absolutely unbelievable,” Cowell stated, in which he said that it was the very first time he saw an altered version. “This feels clean and exotic.” He also said that he feels “like a satisfied father.”
Next weekend, X Factor will go against with BBC’s Saturday night hit Strictly Come Dancing, which happens to be the British edition of Dancing With the Stars. The two competition shows are assumed to have only a short overrun, but the ratings will be closely analyzed by the industry, as last year, Strictly Come Dancing beat X Factor on most weekends. ITV debuted its own celebrity dance competition on Saturday, Stepping Out but it only brought in an audience of 3.7 million.