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'X Factor' Final Ratings: Viewing Figures Hit Lowest Ebb For A Live Final In 10 Years

15/12/2014 10:46 GMT | Updated 15/12/2014 10:59 GMT

Simon Cowell might still be celebrating the fact that he was the winning judge on this year’s ‘X Factor’, but we have a feeling he’ll be a little less enthused when he sees the viewing figures for the final.

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Saturday night’s show managed to draw in an average of just 8.4 million viewers, including viewers watching on catch-up, which makes it the lowest rated ‘X Factor’ finale in a decade.

To put that into perspective for you, that means more people watched Leon Jackson, Matt Cardle and last year’s champion Sam Bailey be crowned winners, than tuned in for the battle royale between Ben Haenow, Fleur East and Andrea Faustini.

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Ben Haenow celebrates his win with this year's contestants

The only series to have a lower-rating final was the very first, back in 2004, which saw Steve Brookstein crowned the nation's favourite.

Producers had pulled out all the stops to attempt to draw in more viewers, with performers on the night including One Direction and Olly Murs - not to mention a repeat performance of ‘Uptown Funk’ from Fleur, the track that had everybody talking when she first sang it in the semi-finals.

However, despite Fleur’s popularity, it’s since emerged that Ben was the most voted-for contestant for seven of this year’s ten live shows - including the semi-finals, when it appeared that Fleur had stolen the show.

Andrea, who ultimately finished in third place, received the most votes for the first three weeks of live shows, before being overtaken by Ben.

Ben’s winner’s single, a cover of OneRepublic’s ‘Something I Need’, is available to download from iTunes now, with proceeds from the single going towards the charity Together For Short Lives.

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