X Factor 2017 set to become the least watched series ever

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The X Factor 2017 is on course to be the least watched series to date.

A number of big changes to the live shows hasn't helped turn around numbers, which have declined every year since 2010.

Based on overnight viewing figures, the current series has so far averaged around 5.4 million viewers.

With two weekends left to go, the show is down over a million viewers on average on last year and has half the 13 million audience 2010's peak series saw. The very first series of The X Factor averaged just under 7 million viewers.

This year's series of The X Factor did start strongly with over 6 million tuning in for the auditions.

However the live shows have seen numbers drop with fewer than 5 million viewers last Saturday and Sunday night.

The X Factor's numbers haven't been helped by clashes with Strictly Come Dancing, which is currently enjoying its biggest audience since 2012. X Factor has also been facing Blue Planet 2, so far averaging over 10 million viewers on BBC One.

The decline in viewers for the live shows also follows a number of changes, the biggest seeing the number of weekends cut from 10 to 6.

The bottom two sing off has been axed in favour of a new 'prize fight', while the acts now sing and face elimination on both Saturday and Sunday nights.

With only two weekends to go it seems far too late to make any further changes, but we imagine some more innovations when the show returns next year.

For now, The X Factor continues this Saturday and Sunday night at 7:30PM on ITV with the live semi-finals.

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