X Factor 2013 final least watched since first series in 2004


Last night's X Factor 2013 final was the least watched since the first series.

This year's show is celebrating ten years of being on air, but it's fair to say that the ratings have been rather dire throughout.

An average audience of 8.5 million watched yesterday evening's first half of the weekend's double show between 8PM and 10:05PM, as Luke Friend finished in third place.

It was down a million viewers on last year alone and a whopping 5.5 million down on the peak ratings the show used to be getting in 2010.

The X Factor clashed for the first 20 minutes with the Strictly Come Dancing semi-final, which itself struggled a bit.

After weeks and weeks of posting series high 10 million+ figures, the momentum seemed to drain away from the BBC One show last night.

It's latest bumper live show, which saw ten dances from the five remaining celebs over just under 2 hours, was seen by 9.9 million.

It was down on last week's quarter final and the show's least watched semi-final performance episode since 2009.

The X Factor 2013 final continues tonight on ITV from 7:30PM, featuring performances from Gary Barlow, Elton John, Katy Perry and One Direction.

Browse pictures of Saturday's X Factor 2013 final performances below...

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