XFactor 2013 ratings: Simon Cowell calls crisis talks over low numbers

Simon Cowell

X Factor boss Simon Cowell has called crisis talks with producers over this year's poor ratings.

Saturday night's latest live performance show was watched by fewer than 8 million viewers, while Sunday's results were the least watched Sunday episode EVER.

Simon has reportedly been in touch with the team to plan how to get viewers back involved.

According to The Sun, the changes could see the new flash vote axed to make the Saturday show shorter, with the current episodes coming in at over 2 hours long.

“Just because Simon is no longer a judge on the show, it doesn’t mean he is hands-off — on the contrary, he has never been more hands-on," a source told the newspaper today. “With Strictly winning the Saturday ratings battle, we know we’re now in a real dogfight.

"Simon and the producers will not rest until the Saturday show is performing better."

Despite the numbers, the newspaper reports that bosses are "happy" with Sunday's shows, even if they too are being beaten by Strictly.

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“We are very pleased with how Sunday nights are going but the Saturday ratings are not as high as we would like them to be," the insider continued.

“We have a battle on our hands but are determined to come out on top.

“It’s a case of rolling up our sleeves and working even harder.”

The X Factor continues this Saturday night on ITV.

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