XFactor: Simon Cowell blames ratings dip on 'reality telly overload'

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell has blamed X Factor's ratings decline on a case of reality telly overload.

Both here in the UK and over in the US, the X Factor has struggled attracting viewers with ever declining numbers.

This year's X Factor UK final was down two million viewers on last year and some seven million on 2010's final.

Speaking a a press conference ahead of the X Factor USA's final this week, Simon said: “We were expecting there was going to be a problem with the ratings this year, not just with us but with everything, because it’s overkill, there are way too many talent shows on.”

It's worse in American than for us Brits, with The X Factor and The Voice going head to head at the same time of year.

Simon said: “Once ‘The Voice’ decided to go Monday, Tuesday and we were Wednesday, Thursday — I use the expression it’s like having 14 sugars in your coffee when you want two.”

However the music mogul insisted that the show wasn't about ratings but rather the talent.

He said: “I’ve done this for 10 years, the one thing that’s the most important is the legacy you leave behind each year."

He claimed: "That’s what we’re judged on.”

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