X Factor viewers complain Saturday's edition was 'too long'

X Factor{jcomments on}X Factor fans have complained that Saturday evening’s edition of the ratings titan was ‘too long’.

On Saturday evening the X Factor was on-air on two and a half hours as it aired between 7.30 and 10pm for the first live instalment of the current series. For some fans of the X Factor that was far too long – and some viewers were not impressed by the number of ad-breaks either. The X Factor is the latest show to be hit by complaints over the frequency and length ad-breaks; Sunday evening drama Downton Abbey has also had similar complaints made by fans. ITV insists the ad breaks are within Ofcom’s regulations but the fact another ITV show has been hit by such complaints clearly shows viewers are not impressed.

The Mirror claims that over the course of The X Factor on Saturday evening over a million viewers switched off – something the paper puts down to the length of the show. Saturday’s edition averaged 10.4 million viewers with a peak of 12.7 million viewers but across the two and a half hours viewers switched off – possibly to watch other programmes such as Merlin on BBC One as its ratings were up slightly on last week’s instalment.

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