The X Factor ratings rise without Strictly Come Dancing to compete with
The X Factor ratings have risen week-on-week, bosses will be relieved to hear.
The latest auditions episode drew 5.3 million viewers, peaking at 5.9 million – up 700,000 on last Saturday.
It had a 42% share of all TV viewers aged 16-34, and was the most-watched show on UK TV on Saturday night.
#XFactor was the most watched show of last night, peaking at 5.9m viewers. It averaged 5.3m – up 700,000 on last Saturday’s show and up 5 share points week on week. It had a 42% share of 16-34 viewing 🎤🎤🎤
— X Factor Press (@xfactorpress) September 16, 2018
The absence of Strictly Come Dancing this week was almost certainly a big help; although the BBC One giant is back full-time starting next Saturday.
Ratings had generally been considerably lower for The X Factor this season: the launch episode a couple of weeks ago had a 5.7 million average, a half-a-million dip on the 6.2 million who saw the equivalent episode in 2017.
After five audition episodes, Louis Tomlinson is the favourite to be the winning judge on 7/4 (via Ladbrokes), with Simon Cowell on 2/1, Robbie Williams on 7/2 and Ayda Williams on 9/2.
Anthony Russell is the most-backed contestant on 6/1, with Brendan Murray and Ricky John on 10/1, and Georgia Burgess on 12/1.
Molly Scott, Misunderstood, Armstrong Martins and Scarlett Lee are all next on 16/1.
The X Factor continues tonight at 8pm on ITV.