‘X Factor’ final ratings fall to second lowest total in show’s 11 year history

Just 8.4m viewers tuned in to see Louisa Johnson beat Reggie 'N' Bollie last night (December 13)

Viewing figures for last night’s X Factor final fell to 8.4m, the second lowest figure in the ITV show’s history.

Since launching in 2004, Simon Cowell’s talent search has routinely attracted ratings over over 10m. However, the 2015 series has struggled to pick up viewers and routinely scored lower figures than its Saturday night rival Strictly Come Dancing.

This proved the case again this weekend, with just 5.72m tuning in to watch the first of the weekend’s two episodes on Saturday night (December 12). This figure, provided by BARB, was boosted by an additional 224,000 people watching on ITV+1, but still remains the lowest figure in the show’s history; two million down on 2014’s final.

Things improved on Sunday (December 13) when Louisa Johnson and Reggie ‘N’ Bollie battled it out in a final which also featured performances from Coldplay, One Direction and Adele.

The two-hour extravaganza, which culminated in Essex teenager Johnson being crowned the winner, was watched by 8.4m people. This is just 300,000 more than the previous lowest figure (8.1m watched Steve Brookstein win the first series in 2004). Last year’s final was watched by 9.1m.

In contrast, 10.8 million watched Countryfile presenter Anita Rani leave Strictly Come Dancing. The BBC dancing show also won on the Saturday night, with 9.4 million viewers watching the first half of the weekend’s semi-final episodes.

After last night’s result was announced, ITV revealed that Johnson received 53.9% of the final vote compared to Reggie ‘N’ Bollie’s 38.9%. Third place act Ché Chesterman had earned 7.2% of the vote before he was eliminated on Saturday night.

After being made available for download last night, Johnson’s winner’s single (a cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘Forever Young’) has already climbed to Number One on the UK iTunes chart.