'The X Factor' final lowest-rated in seven years

'The X Factor' final lowest-rated in seven years
The X Factor went out on a high last night, but still recorded its lowest finale rating since 2005. James Arthur's triumph in Sunday's climax peaked with 12.5m - a 44% share - when the result was announced. Meanwhile, an average of 10.94m (39.1%) watched ITV1's two-hour broadcast between 7.40pm and 9.40pm, adding 133,000 on +1.. The figure represents 15% drop on Little Mix's victory last year, and over 30% down on the show's peak year of 2010 when Matt Cardle won. However, the finale rated better than expected when considering that this year's series launched with an average of 8.1m. The Xtra Factor followed the main show on ITV2 with 1.61m (7.6%) and 116k an hour later on +1. Strictly Come Dancing's results programme, which aired at the earlier time of 7pm, rallied to 9.95m (37.7%) on BBC One and was the night's second (more)
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