“The X Factor” UK crowned 17-year-old Louisa Johnson as the youngest winner to date. But amidst the star-studded finale, there were reports that the show didn’t get successful ratings. Has the show come to an end?
According to Mirror, 5.7 million viewers tuned in to see the Essex beauty get through the final stage on Sunday. The figures suggest that the show got 2 million less viewers compared with last season’s finale. In Season 11, 8.14 million viewers watched Ben Haenow take home the crown.
Rival show “Strictly Come Dancing” dominated the ratings as they pulled in 9.4 million with a 42 per cent audience share. The British show is only at its 12th week and four weeks away from its grand finale.
Former “X Factor” UK winner Steve Brookstein was reported to “call for the show to be dropped.” Steve claimed that the British singing competition had “lost its way.”
“X Factor’s” first winner took his thoughts to Twitter and wrote, “X Factor is ironic as it has ever only found generic pop schlop. Time to call it a day.” Among Twitter users who voted in his poll, 40 per cent agreed that they can’t stand the show.
X Factor is ironic as it has ever only found generic pop schlop. Time to call it a day.
— Steve Brookstein (@stevebrookstein) December 12, 2015
He even added that the show “has less viewers than he had votes.”
Oh no!! X Factor now has less viewers than I had votes. https://t.co/6asZiGuHpS
— Steve Brookstein (@stevebrookstein) December 13, 2015
As reported on Mirror, Steve’s tweets came as the show suffered from an “awkward” technical glitch. Hosts Caroline Flack and Olly Murs told the audience that the show will replay all the performances. However, the wrong VT was played.
“We just have to apologise really quickly as we went to the wrong VT,” Caroline explained. The technical glitch was the latest among the errors that the show faced this season.
The show’s “shake up” to draw younger audiences seems to be an explanation behind the low ratings, Daily Mail wrote.
In the show’s reboot, music manager Louis Walsh left after 11 years. Judges Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora joined the panel this season. Likewise, Caroline Flack and former “X Factor” contestant Olly Murs replaced Dermot O’Leary.
Do you think the reboot has affected the show?