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Simon Cowell's ITV1 Sunday night live show seen by 6 million fewer than two years ago and 2 million lower than last year

The X Factor live final on Sunday was watched by just over 11 million viewers, more than 6 million less than two years ago and the lowest audience for a series finale since 2006.

Simon Cowell's ITV1 show, which was won by James Arthur, averaged 11.1 million viewers, a 39.6% share, between 7.40pm and 9.40pm.

The audience was significantly down from the 13.1 million who watched girl group Little Mix win last year's final.

It was also more than 6 million down on the 17.2 million who tuned in to watch Matt Cardle triumph in 2010 – the ratings high point for The X Factor, which has been going for nine series since 2004.

The X Factor Final – Results had a five-minute peak of 12.8 million.

Viewing of the first leg of the final on Saturday night, which saw »

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