Simon Cowell furious with X Factor ratings

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 17 October 2011
BGT judge Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell

Music mogul Simon Cowell is reportedly ''furious'' after 'The X Factor' lost more than two million viewers and has told producers to ''sort it out''

Simon Cowell is reportedly "furious" after 'The X Factor' lost more than two million viewers.

The music mogul - who is still in charge of the ITV1 talent show despite quitting the judging panel to concentrate on the US version - has told producers to "sort it out" because he doesn't think enough attention is being given to the acts.

He is also expected to speak to the judges - Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland, Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh - to tell them to up their game.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "Simon is furious. This would never have happened on his watch and he wants the team to know this and sort it out.

"He knows there is great talent on the show, but he thinks the attention to detail has been shocking. The acts are not being showcased at their best.

"Say what you like about Simon, but he spends ages dithering over the tiny details to make sure everything is perfect. There's no way he would have sanctioned some of those song outfits or choices."

Just 11.4million viewers watched Saturday's (15.10.11) live show, down 700,000 on the previous week and 2.3million fewer than the 13.7million who saw the same stage last year.

The show's BBC One rival 'Strictly Come Dancing' also beat 'The X Factor' by a million viewers during the half an hour they went head-to-head, pulling in a series high of 10.1 million.

The source added: "The figures are hugely disappointing for 'The X Factor' because the whole point of the live shows is that they are supposed to build momentum.

"Last year there were nearly 14million watching the second live show. Where have all those viewers gone? It's no wonder Cowell has gone ballistic. Losing viewers is the last thing he wanted to happen."

Last night (16.10.11), ITV defended its ratings performance, with a spokesman saying: "'The X Factor' continued to be the UK's most watched entertainment show and ITV1 was the most popular channel across peak time."

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