X Factor 2012: Louis Walsh defends ratings: 'We're getting 20 million viewers'

Louis Walsh (X Factor 2012)

Louis Walsh has defended the X Factor's ever falling ratings by making up some numbers.

The Irish music mogul has claimed that The X Factor is still beating Strictly and getting 20 million viewers on Saturday nights.

In fact, the current series of the ITV1 show is struggling to pass 8 million viewers and has been beaten by Strictly Come Dancing by over 2 million viewers.

And, for the first time since both shows started, this year Strictly has also been ahead on Sunday nights too.

But Louis suggested: "I think the press are trying to slag it. It's like the Manchester United of TV programmes. Everybody wants to slag it off, but they're still watching it.

"We're still doing 20 million people in a weekend."

Louis admitted that viewers had fallen "A little bit. But nothing much." but reckoned that it was still ahead of Strictly.

His PR was quick to correct him: "Well, figures-wise, it is."

Ah, we still love you Louis!

In the interview with the Guardian, Louis did make some suggestions for getting those viewers back - but insisted that the current line up of judges were the problem.

"We're really getting on. There's a really good chemistry between us. There's no tension" he said.

However he added: "We're probably missing Simon Cowell, and maybe Sharon Osborne."

So, six stars on next year's judging panel?

And we bet Louis would still end up with the groups.


The X Factor 2012 continues this Saturday on ITV1 and ITV1HD, with the final five acts sing two tracks each with Abba and Motown themes.

Sunday's results show will see one more act get the axe, and there will be performances from Rhianna, Tulisa and Bruno Mars.

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