The first instalment of judges' houses was watched by 6.3 million viewers yesterday evening, while competition from BBC One saw 7.1 million viewers.
The good news for ITV is however that the show was up over 500,000 viewers on last Friday nights 5.3 million figure, which had faced off against the first live show of Strictly.
But the number is still well down on the usual Saturday and Sunday shows by some way.
X Factor boss Simon Cowell previously revealed the decision to air an extra show on Friday was down to ITV, describing it as an "experiment".
The X Factor continues Saturday and Sunday on ITV with the live shows starting next weekend.
Browse pictures of tonight's judges' houses results here...