01/09/2014 09:48 BST | Updated 01/09/2014 09:59 BST

'X Factor' Ratings Are Twice Those Of 'Doctor Who': 9.5 Million Tune In For Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini And Co

Simon Cowell will be a happy man today, as he runs his finger down the TV ratings chart for the weekend.

Whether it's his return to the 'X Factor' panel, his power of persuasion in luring Cheryl Fernandez-Versini back to sit beside him, his foresight in recruiting Mel B as the second lady, or his loyalty in keeping Louis Walsh in a gig, it's worked.

The return of Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole to the X Factor has proved a triumph... so far

The 'X Factor' return attracted an impressive audience on Saturday evening, peaking at 10.6 million viewers, exactly double that of its BBC rival, 'Doctor Who'.

Peter Capaldi's second feature-length outing in the Tardis drew 5.3million at its peak - down on the week before by a depressing two million pairs of eyeballs.

This will be a relief to Simon Cowell, who has recently expressed his surprise that the show is still drawing a crowd.

He tells the Daily Star, "In this day and age when you look at the overall numbers, which are down, we’re very lucky that we’re still on air at the moment.

"If I’d been asked about the future of the show ten years ago I’d never imagine we’d still be making it in 2014.

"Once people get bored with it or if we get bored with it, for sure I’ll drop it.”

BBC bosses will be hoping that the return of 'Strictly Come Dancing' this coming weekend will put a halt to the ITV juggernaut. In turn, ITV chiefs will be keeping THEIR fingers crossed for the fifth series of 'Downton Abbey' - on screen on 21 September - and hoping Lady Mary, Carson and Co work their seasonal magic.

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