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'X Factor' Draws In Lowest Ratings Ever For A Final... While 'Strictly Come Dancing' Continues To Thrive

13/12/2015 12:24 GMT | Updated 13/12/2015 12:59 GMT

The ratings are in for the first part of this year’s ‘X Factor’ final and… well… let’s just hope Simon Cowell is sitting down before he reads them.

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In new statistics, released by BARB, it has been revealed that just 5.72 million people tuned in to watch Louisa Johnson, Reggie ‘N’ Bollie and Ché Chesterman battle it out for this year’s ‘X Factor’ crown.

While 224,000 people also caught up on ITV+1, this still makes it the lowest-watched ‘X Factor’ final in the show’s 11-year history, and marks a drop in over two million from last year’s outing.

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In even worse news for the show, its rival, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ is still clinging onto its place at the top of the ratings battle, drawing in 9.67 million viewers in its time slot.

This comes despite Simon pulling out all the stops for the first half of this year’s ‘X Factor’ send-off, which boasted special guest appearances from Craig David and Rod Stewart, a collaboration between Fleur East and Little Mix and even a brief return from former judge Louis Walsh in a parody sketch.

This year’s ‘X Factor’ has been hit with mixed reviews and fledgling ratings, even being beaten by BBC’s ‘Countryfile’ on occasion over the course of the series, as well as by rival show ‘Strictly’.

Sunday night’s show will feature performances from some of the biggest names in British music, including Adele and One Direction, will it will also see either Louisa or Reggie ‘N’ Bollie succeeding Ben Haenow in the ‘X Factor’ throne.

Tune in from 8pm on ITV to see which of them is voted the public’s winner.

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