'Poldark' Series 2 Will Clash With 'X Factor' Giving Simon Cowell Fresh Headache

Ratings for 'X Factor' have dipped in recent years.

There’s going to be a clash of the Sunday night TV titans in September, with the BBC’s ‘Poldark’ going up against ‘The X Factor’.

We revealed yesterday that ‘Poldark’ Series 2 will begin on Sunday 4 September, and now it seems that’s put ‘X Factor’ bosses in a spin, as it means the last two episodes of the series will clash directly with the first of their live shows.

Which would you watch?

The Sun reports that ‘X Factor’, whose ratings have plummeted in recent years but still remains one of ITV’s most important shows, with a revised all-star panel lineup.

Poldark (Aidan Turner) has 'X Factor' in his sights...
Poldark (Aidan Turner) has 'X Factor' in his sights...

Simon Cowell is staking much on the new series, bringing together some of his most popular veteran judges, including Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne. He’s also re-recruited Dermot O’Leary on hosting duties for a princely sum.

‘Poldark’, on the other hand, is one of the BBC’s biggest recent triumphs, drawing an average of 7.85million viewers to the finale of Series 1. At a recent press showing of the first of the new run, BBC boss Tony Hall confirmed a third series had already been commissioned.

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