The X Factor 2015 ratings down TWO MILLION on last year

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The X Factor's new look has failed to win over viewers, at least in its first show.

The much hyped revamped series kicked off its audition stages last night but an average of 7.6 million viewers tuned in.

A peak audience of 8.5 million were watching between 8PM and 9:20PM on ITV.

The average is down a smidgen under 2 MILLION viewers on last year's opener which scored 9.5 million viewers while back in 2013 the last panel without Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Simon Cowell still managed 9.2 million for its first episode.

In fact, it's the lowest rated opening episode for The X Factor in years with more than 11 million having tuned in back during 2010 and 2009.

It's a bank holiday which may have knocked the numbers slightly but given all the hype the figures are still sure to be disappointing.

Plus, with the auditions having become the best rated part of the series it leaves the live stages in danger for falling even lower.

Even next week the numbers could get worse as the try outs clash with the return of rival show Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One.

In the week, Simon had bet The X Factor would come out on top in the ratings which now looks seriously unlikely.

He said: “This show does feel better, the talent’s great, they’re interesting, so if it’s us versus Peter Andre, I’m going to put my money on us.”

For now, The X Factor 2015 continues tonight with the second round of auditions at 8PM on ITV.

Browse all of the pictures from last night's show below...

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