X Factor 2014 ratings down over 1 million viewers on last year

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X Factor's yearly decline has continued to worsen, with last night's show seeing more dropping figures in the TV ratings.

An average audience of 8.66 million viewers watched the final episode of auditions, including those you caught up on ITV+1.

It's down almost 1.2 million viewers on last year where 9.82 million watched the last round of Arena tryouts ahead of bootcamp.

In slightly good news for show bosses however the series has seemingly stabilised at these lower numbers, with last night's show up ever so slightly from last Sunday's 8.6 million and on a par with yesterday's 8.6 million figure.

Of course with the return of Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell, we can't but feel producers would have been hoping for better.

And we reckon Simon himself isn't too happy that Gary Barlow is currently proving more popular than he is.

But slightly more worrying is the fact that as the live shows near, viewing figures really aren't going anywhere with seemingly quite a lack of interest in the new series and the current contestants.

In more bad news for ITV, the return of Downton Abbey last night was the least watched since its first ever episode, with 8.43 million viewers.

X Factor 2014 continues on Friday on ITV with the start of bootcamp.

Browse pictures of last night's X Factor 2014 auditions below...

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