X Factor ratings! Has Louis Walsh saved the show or made people turn off?

Latest X Factor 2016 viewing figures

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The numbers are in but has Louis Walsh saved X Factor's viewing figures?

Well, not exactly.

This year's show has seen a raft of changes: Louis, Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne are back as judges, Dermot O'Leary returns as host and the room auditions replace the arena try outs.

However viewing figures are actually DOWN on last year.

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Not by a lot but Louis seemingly hasn't been the big ratings grab he seems to think he is.

Based on overnight data up to the end of judges' houses, this year's series has averaged 7.12 million viewers.

That figure, which includes only those who watch on the night, compares to 7.32 million up to the same point last year.

The drop of 200,000 isn't exactly significant but it's clear that the changes - including Louis' return - haven't seen ratings soar.

But more people are catching up

Meanwhile, the so-called 'official' figures, show a much closer gap to 2015.

Taking into account those that catch up the seven days after a show airs, this series has averaged 8.83 million (up to the end of Six Chairs).

Last year averaged 8.84 million, meaning there is pretty much nothing in it.

So it seems that all the changes have at least stopped The X Factor from falling further - but can they get numbers on the up?

Will the live shows see ratings increase?

It was of course the first live show at the weekend and it was a mixed bag of results.

Saturday saw a series low as the first performances overlapped with Strictly, but the episode was actually up 600,000 on 2015.

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However Sunday's results were down 200,000 on the first results show of 2015.

Of course, we've still got nine more weeks to go until the big final...

The X Factor continues this Saturday and Sunday night live on ITV from 8PM.

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