The X Factor’s ratings rose last night to levels higher than both 2016 and 2015.
While Saturday’s launch ep rated lower than all previous series openers apart from the first, the Sunday edition fared better.
In fact, the 6.5 million it appealed to last night marked an improvement on the equivalent shows for a couple of years. Saturday, by comparison, had 6.2 million.
The live shows are traditionally where X Factor falls off a cliff in the viewing figures. With Cowell et al reportedly keen on delaying them until much later this year, can the talent show find a new lease of life?
It continues on Saturday at 8.