Interest in talent show's new line-up pulls in huge audiences
The X Factor returned with an audience of 10.5 million on Saturday (August 20), according to overnight viewing figures.
The talent show came back for its annual talent search marathon, but executives had been concerned that viewers might desert it following the departure of its star judge Simon Cowell. The record executive was replaced in the ‘Mr Nasty’ role by Take That leader Gary Barlow.
Interest in the new line-up appeared to create a surge of interest in the show, with the opening night audience peaking at 11.1 million, the highest in the show’s history, according to BBC News. But it remains to be seen whether the show can maintain those numbers after the interest in the launch night. Producers have said that Cowell will remain “a huge presence backstage.”