Thursday 29 September 2016

X Factor loses season opener ratings battle with Strictly by one million viewers

Published 07/09/2015 | 07:54

X Factor judges (left to right) Nick Grimshaw, Rita Ora, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Simon Cowell for the ITV1 talent show. Picture: SYCO/THAMES TV
X Factor judges (left to right) Nick Grimshaw, Rita Ora, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Simon Cowell for the ITV1 talent show. Picture: SYCO/THAMES TV
Peter Andre is competing in this year's Strictly Come Dancing
Tess Daly, Daniel O'Donnell and his dance partner Kristina Rihanoff during recording for the launch for this year's series of Strictly Come Dancing

The season opener battles are over, but the X Factor v Strictly war has just begun...again.

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After a steady downfall of viewers in the last two years, ITV's The X Factor lost out on more than one million viewers to rival BBC's  Strictly Come Dancing for their season premiere episodes.

ITV has released its full schedule for The X Factor shows this year (ITV/PA)
ITV has released its full schedule for The X Factor shows this year (ITV/PA)

On Saturday night, Strictly returned to our screens with 8.7 million viewers, while Simon Cowell and co's premiere episode last week attracted just 7.5 million.

Read more: Seven things we learned from last night's Strictly Come Dancing... including Daniel O'Donnell's flared trousers

Last season, 9.5 million viewers tuned into the 11th season premiere, but this year marked the lowest season opener of the X Factor since 2006.

It comes after Cowell vowed to beat Strictly last week, saying: "If it's us versus Peter Andre, I'm going to put my money on us."

This year, Simon is joined by fan favourite Cheryl Fernandez Versini and new additions Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw.

Peter Andre is competing in this year's Strictly Come Dancing
Peter Andre is competing in this year's Strictly Come Dancing

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