X Factor ratings up 700,000 viewers to top Saturday night viewing figures

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The X Factor rose 700,000 viewers in the latest viewing figures to top Saturday night's ratings.

Auditions for the latest series aired last night with the fifth round of try outs.

Louis Tomlinson, Ayda Williams, Robbie Williams and Simon Cowell returned to Wembley for more arena auditions.

Those who made the cut included Tom Richards, who previously auditioned in 2010 with Louis Tomlinson, and Armstrong Martins who put a spin on a High School Musical classic.

Also through this weekend were the LMA Choir, made up of singers from Liverpool, soulful Ricky John and Georgia Burgess, who gave an incredible performance of Who's Loving You.

An average audience of 5.3 million viewers tuned in to the latest episode on ITV between 8:25PM and 9:40PM. The ratings were up 700,000 viewers on last Saturday, where the show had clashed with Strictly Come Dancing's launch.

However, the current series remains down around a million viewers on last year based on overnight ratings. In 2017, 6.2 million tuned in to the equivalent episode.

Nevertheless, The X Factor was still the most watched show on TV with a peak audience of 5.9 million viewers.

The X Factor's auditions are back tonight (September 16) at 8PM on ITV.

Over on BBC One, Strictly Come Dancing's 'Best Of' special attracted 5 million viewers as past Strictly stars Jeremy Vine, Deborah Meaden, Ruth Langsford, Molly King, Daisy Lowe, Russell Grant, Nancy Dell’Olio, Judy Murray and Robbie Savage shared their highlights.

The new series' live launch airs next Saturday from 6:15PM.

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