X Factor 2012: Ratings results for last night’s show peak at 9.7 million viewers!

by Lynn Rowlands

There were apparently some worried peeps at ITV when this year’s series of The X Factor debuted to less than exciting numbers of viewers.

However, last night, The X Factor was the most watched programme on British television, with an average audience 8.6 million across the 60-minute show.

The audience hit a peak of 9.7 million at 21.00, which is the highest peak audience of the night by nearly three million viewers.

And as expected from those figures, ITV1 was the highest rating channel in peak time last night – when of course Red or Black? also aired – with an average audience of 4.6 million viewers between 19.00 – 22.30.

Those figures also included The X Factor and Red or Black’s re-runs on ITV1 +1, but even so, I would guess there were a few sighs of relief at ITV’s headquarters this morning…

I think the reason that the show began somewhat poorly was because – at least among some people I know – some viewers don’t watch until the show gets to the live rounds…

Of the people that I know who do that, they mostly cite the reason for missing the first auditions rounds as being that they hate the cringeworthy hopefuls who couldn’t hold a tune in a bucket marked ‘Tune’.

However, for me, that’s one of the things I love about the auditions shows! Some of them are so bad, they’re brilliant!

But I think another factor in the early slump in viewer ratings was the fact that it was relatively decent weather on the night this year’s show returned to our screens, so understandably, many peeps were making the most of it while it lasted, which wasn’t long of course.

What’re your theories on why it’s taking a while for the show to gain momentum this year?


Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is a trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, Big Brother, BGT and I'm A Celeb.