X Factor 2016 ratings have dropped over a million viewers since the auditions

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Ratings for The X Factor 2016 have dropped by more than one million viewers for the live shows.

Perhaps suggesting that the judges picked the wrong finalists, numbers have so far averaged just over 6 million for the live stages.

The live episodes hit a series low on Week 2 with an audience of 5.8 million, compared to over 8.3 million who tuned into the auditions at their highest.

So far, The X Factor live shows have averaged 6.26 million viewers over the past three weeks.

The second week of auditions was this year's most watched episode
The second week of auditions was this year's most watched episode

That's almost 1.1 million fewer viewers on average than watched the auditions just last month (7.33 million average).

Meanwhile, year-on-year comparisons make for interesting reading.

This year's auditions were UP on 2015, as the new judging line up, a return to the judges' rooms and Dermot O'Leary's emotional hugs proved a hit.

But so far the live shows have been DOWN on 2015 by an average of 500,000 viewers an episode.

It's seems that the raft of changes were doing well until the live shows began and things took a turn.

There was major uproar over many of the decisions at judges' houses and it looks like the people who vowed to turn off really did so.

Even if we did have a line up of stellar acts, the live finals have still proved much weaker than the auditions.

The X Factor goes live
The X Factor goes live

While the new life line vote has made Sunday's results show a lot more interesting, the old cliche theme weeks, the repeated songs that don't actually even try to match the themes and THAT ruddy jukebox all take away from the positive changes at the auditions.

What do you make of this year's X Factor live shows? Tell us in the comments below!

All figures are overnight numbers, including ITV+1.

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