The X Factor 2012 launched to disappointing ratings last weekend, and it's left producers worrying about the ne series.
An average audience of 8 million viewers saw the first audition show of The X Factor as it entered its ninth year, down nearly 3 million viewers on last year, making it the least watched launch since 2006.
The Daily Mirror report today that producers will be "pulling out all of the stops" for next week's second installment in a bid to stop the decline and get viewers back.
“The audience size needs to improve, and fast. We can’t afford for X Factor to fail, and production staff are pulling out all of the stops ahead of next week’s show," an insider told the newspaper.
They explained: “There are always going to be questions over not having Simon Cowell on the panel – he was a big draw. Everyone hopes the audience will build over the coming weeks, but it is a very worrying start.”
The X Factor peaked in 2010 when an impressive 20 million viewers tuned in to watch the final result, which declined to a still huge audience of 15 million last year.
Saturday's opening night saw auditions from [tag]Ella Henderson[/tag] and [tag]Jahmene Douglas[/tag], as well as a much publicised try out from Pink impersonator [tag]Zoe Alexander[/tag].
An ITV spokesman commented: “The X Factor launched on the hottest day of the year, and its audience was still over double that of the next nearest programme.”