Was ‘The X Factor’ UK hurt by ‘The Voice’?

The ratings have come in for Sunday’s television lineup in the United Kingdom, and it has come to show that our neighbors across the pond are having the same issues with singing competitions that we are here in America — namely that competition does not see to be a good thing.

After British TV was flooded with both “The Voice” UK and “Britain’s Got Talent” earlier this year, the country’s long-standing hit “The X Factor” premiered on Saturday to 8.1 million viewers with a peak audience of 9.2 million. This is a pretty large drop when you consider that the show last year kicked off to the tune of 10.8 million viewer average, even though it dropped throughout much of the series.

Are these numbers still great in some ways?¬†Definitely. If the same percentage of people in the United States watched “The X Factor” in America as they do in Britain, the show here would have an enormous 40 million viewers — more than any other show on television. However, this still problematic for a show that has major competition coming up in “Strictly Come Dancing.” Are people in Britain getting sick of finding the next star on TV? It’s possible, just as it is possible that the post-Olympics blues or the hot weather overseas played a role in people opting to do other things rather than sit down in front of the television to watch new judge Nicole Scherzinger join the panel.

While Americans would hardly think about airing TV on the weekend, in Britain it is a tradition for many families to get together and check out their favorite programs — meanwhile, some of the less-popular shows are aired during the week.

Why do you think the ratings were down so much this year? If you want to check out some of the most notable acts from the first show, be sure and read the story over at this link.

Photo: ITV

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