X Factor 2012 ratings hit series high

Robbie Hance (X Factor 2012)

The X Factor 2012 enjoyed its best ratings of the series last night, as the auditions came to an end.

An average audience of 9.7 million - including those who caught up on ITV1+1 - watched the final batch of try outs.

The last audition show, which featured an epic comeback from Carolynne Poole, peaked with over 11 million viewers.

Downtown Abbey's return followed the X Factor, bringing in another 9 million strong audience for the channel.

Overall, this year's X Factor auditions averaged 8.7 million viewers, down over two million people on last year's 10.9 million average.

The X Factor 2012 continues next Saturday and Sunday with a bootcamp double bill.

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