‘X Factor’ final viewing figures drop four million

Reality show plummets in popularity compared to 2010 series

The final of this year’s The X Factor lost nearly four million viewers compared to last year’s finale, according to reports.

According to the Daily Mirror, 15.5 million people tuned in to watch Little Mix triumph in yesterday’s show (December 11), a significant drop from the 19.4 million who watched Matt Cardle’s victory in the 2010 final.

Reality TV show mogul Simon Cowell was said to be “disappointed and concerned” about the waning popularity of the programme and is said to be planning to overhaul its format.

A show insider told the paper:

There is definitely a need for change on the judging panel and in production. Simon took some of the best staff behind the camera for X Factor USA and the new team haven’t worked out.

This year’s series of The X Factor has been hit by controversy. In October, a Facebook campaign was launched to get Nirvana‘s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ to the UK’s Christmas Number One spot as a response to perceived “bullying tactics” by the show’s bosses, after they named one of the acts after the children’s charity Rhythmix and initially refused to change it.

However, the girl band were later rechristened Little Mix and Cowell subsequently admitted defeat in his legal spat with the charity.

In November, it was reported that the show’s producers were “paralysed with fear” at the programme’s sliding ratings and were considering switching the judge’s categories to boost its popularity, while contestant Frankie Cocozza was axed from the contest in the same month for boasting about his cocaine use.

Little Mix’s first single, a cover of the Damien Rice song ‘Cannonball’, was released digitally this morning (December 12).