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The show executive producer Richard Holloway has admitted the ITV talent show could be rested in order to be brought back stronger.
The latest series of the show has suffered yet another ratings drop, despite a big relaunch which saw the introduction of Caroline Flack and Olly Murs as new hosts, and Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora replace Louis Walsh and Mel B on the panel.
In order to stop the sliding viewing figures, Richard has suggested that taking the show off air for a while could keep the public’s appetite for it.
"[X Factor] will have a finite life span. But I think you then rest it, then you bring it back," Billboard quotes him as saying.
"I think it could run for many, many years. It's our most profitable show," he added.
However, he did insist the recent ratings drop could be down to a change in the way people watch TV in the era of on-demand and catch-up services.
Simon Cowell signed a new deal with ITV in 2013 to keep the ‘X Factor’ and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ on air until 2016, so it is likely any hiatus would occur after that.
Former host Dermot O’Leary recently claimed that Louis Walsh is “loving” the fact the ratings have dropped since his departure.
‘The X Factor’ returns on Sunday at 7pm on ITV.