Ratings for ITV’s flagship singing competition were down for the launch show, by a whopping 2 million – so were all the changes worth it?

With half a new judging panel including openly gay Nick Grimshaw the latest viewing figures don’t make for good reading despite all the usual talk of change, upping the game and far-reaching promo for the new series. The new judging panel includes Rita Ora, Nick Grimshaw and Simon Cowell. Cheryl Fernandez-Versini joins the panel despite being voted by Heat readers as the panellist they’d least like to see return.

X Factor’s first show suffered a near 2 million audience drop, year on year, taking 7.11 million viewers from 8PM. In 2014 the first show received 9.03 million viewers. However, the show did dominate Saturday night TV with nearly 40% audience share.

Celebrity Big Brother’s debut on Channel 5 was watched by 2.2 million people, which is just down on the 2.4 million people who watched the previous year’s launch.

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