X Factor judge Louis Walsh has defended the show's low ratings for Saturday night's launch show.
An average audience of 8.7 million viewers tuned in to ITV1 and ITV1+1 at the weekend to watch the start of the ninth series, the lowest rated launch since 2006.
But despite insiders claiming that producers are worried about the low ratings, Louis has insisted they aren't disappointing at all.
"I wasn’t disappointed with the figures - there were nine million people watching on the warmest day of the year," he said. "This is the biggest show of the year - it’s the only show on TV."
He said: “I was built up for the Voice UK when I saw the judges. It was a brilliant line up on paper with Tom and Jessie and the guy from The Script.
"And I thought it was going to be a great show.
“But it was just bad X Factor."
He added: "The best thing about it was the chairs. Who won the show? The chairs.”
Louis may well have a point, with The Voice UK coach Danny - or "the guy from The Script" as Louis calls him - hitting out at this year's winner Leanne Mitchell at the weekend.
He complained: "She [Leanne] won the show, you know, in the final she was technically the best singer. Was she technically the best artist? No. But that’s just my opinion.
“She was definitely the best singer on the night [in the final], but it was unfortunate that other people didn’t get a look in, ones that would have suited pop music better.”