The trend of The X Factor UK getting it’s butt kicked by Strictly Come Dancing continues. The once hit show has been on a steady decline for years. Simon Cowell has tried changing the format and adding new judges to try and boost the ratings. It isn’t working.
This weekend The X Factor got 4.5 million viewers, much less than its arch-rival Strictly Come Dancing’s 10 million. Last week it did even worse with only a million viewers. It’s not surprising there was an uptick in viewers since the show entered its live show round. I’m not entirely sure what the show can do. People have just seemed to lose interest. Simon doesn’t seem worried. He told The Daily Mail,
“Again, context. Coronation Street used to get 20 million viewers – now six million is considered a success. Our younger audience, the 16-34 age group, the one X Factor is supposed to attract, has grown this year. If we lost that, of course we would have to end it. I don’t care that much about ratings any more. I haven’t looked at them for the past three weeks. I swear to God that’s the truth.”
I don’t know that I buy that but still, it’s disconcerting. I guess he’s got lots of other shows he works on and his musical projects. He also wants to spend more time with his son Eric. This is a far cry from the Simon of old who was all business. I’m not going to lie, I fear for the future of The X Factor UK. The American version crashed and burned after only a couple of seasons. For fans of the show, these ratings are bad news.