RATINGS! X Factor viewing figures fall to series low after sound issues

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Fewer than 4 million viewers tuned in to watch The X Factor 2018 on Saturday night, it's been reported.

It was a Halloween themed show and things went quite wrong in the sound department.


Audio issues with the singing contest led to bosses cancelling the public vote. ITV said last night: "We apologise for the technical issue that affected the sound on part of tonight’s episode of The X Factor.

"We are investigating why this happened. We can confirm Saturday’s public vote has been cancelled and will instead open in Sunday’s show at 8.30pm on ITV."

The Daily Mirror reports that 3.7 million viewers tuned in to watch the show, the lowest rating of the series so far.

The X Factor will return tonight where all of Saturday's performances will be played out in full before the lines open. A flash vote will then be held to determine who goes home.

The show tweeted: "Tune in tonight at 8.30pm on @itv & @wearestv to see all of last night’s #XFactor performances from our 12 amazing contestants, in full, before the new public vote opens. #decisiontime"

As well as the results, there will be guest performances from Liam Payne and James Arthur.

Over on BBC One last night and Strictly Come Dancing also lost viewers, down around 300,000 on last weekend to 9.5 million.

Strictly's live show last night saw the remaining ten celebrity contestants and their pro dancers once again take to the floor to impress judges Shirley Ballas, Dame Darcey Bussell, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli.

Faye Tozer and Ashley Roberts were in the top places of the leaderboard again, while Danny John-Jules found himself bottom after a Quickstep that quickly went wrong.


The BBC tweeted: "✨ Last night Strictly had a peak of 10.3 million viewers with an audience share of 48% and an average of 9.5 million people watching ✨"

Strictly will be back at 7:50PM with its results show, featuring musical guest Jess Glynne.

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