X Factor 2012: Caroline Flack defends declining ratings

Caroline Flack

Xtra Factor host Caroline Flack has defended the show's declining ratings.

Saturday night's latest performance show was watched by 8.4 million viewers, down over 3 million on last year's equivalent episode.

It's left rival show Strictly Come Dancing well ahead in the Saturday night ratings battle, with over 10 million viewers tuning in to Saturday night's latest show.

And on Saturday The X Factor found itself also being out rated by I'm A Celebrity, which airs nightly on ITV1.

However Caroline insisted that the decline in ratings hasn't been having an impact n the atmosphere backstage.

"The ratings don't create an atmosphere at all on the show it's still one of the highest rated TV shows on telly and one of the most talked about," Caroline said.

Writing in her X Factor column for heat magazine, Caroline continued: "There's absolutely no bad atmosphere at all.

"It's the most exciting show to be involved in the atmosphere's always just absolutely brilliant."

It was reported recently that Simon Cowell was planning crisis meetings over the falling viewing figures.

"There will be crisis meetings this week and Simon will be involved because things have got desperate," a source told the Daily Mirror at the weekend. "Simon always wants to be number one, but X Factor is not just second, it's a long way behind. It's never been this bad and Simon and those he has left in charge will be hurting.

"The only way of getting things back might be for Simon to return and save the day, but he has got his hands full in America."


The X Factor continues with its live shows this weekend with a guilty pleasures theme.

Sunday's results show will feature performances from Alicia Keys and Olly Murs, as well as one more act being given the boot.

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