Saturday Ratings: Dip in X Factor Ratings

According to overnight ratings The X Factor saw a slight dip in ratings last night as figures fell below the 12 million mark. The premier of The Pillars of the Earth on Channel Four was seen by just over 2 million viewers.

 

According to overnight ratings The X Factor saw a slight dip in ratings last night as figures fell below the 12 million mark. The dip wasn’t huge but was noticeable as the singing competition entered its second week of live shows. Last week’s first live show of 2010 saw an average audience of 12.2 million viewers and a peak of 13.5 million viewers. However, last night’s edition of The X Factor was seen by 11.4 million viewers peaking at 12.6 million viewers. Piers Morgan’s Life Stories  on ITV1 had 3.8 million viewers as the former Mirror editor interviewed Russell Watson.

 

Over on BBC One Strictly Come Dancing 9.3 million viewers – up slightly on last week – with a peak of 10.3 million viewers; also a slight rise in terms of peak from last week. Fantasy series Merlin had 5.3 million viewers while Casualty had just 3.7 million viewers. Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow however rose to 4.2 million viewers as it aired against Life Stories on ITV1.

 

The premier of The Pillars of the Earth on Channel Four at 9pm had nearly 2 million viewers. The new historical drama is based on the novel by Ken Follett of the same name and stars Ian McShane, Matthew MacFadyen, Sarah Parish and Rufus Sewell and is set in the middle ages during the rule of Henry II. According to early ratings The Pillars of the Earth had 1.9 million viewers with an additional 202,000 viewers on Channel Four’s time-shift channel pushing the combined figure just over 2 million.