Originally Posted by sneals2000
Interesting ratings weekend in the UK. The X Factor has been a weekend ratings juggernaut for ITV for years. The BBC and ITV are quite careful to ensure that Strictly Come Dancing (the original "Dancing with the Stars" which is a BBC developed format) and The X Factor (which airs on ITV and is a Syco/Sony format) aren't totally head to head.
In recent years X Factor has been significantly ahead of Strictly, and had amazing figures. However this year they've lost three of the four judges (Simon has moved to the US version - this is our first year without him) and the show is losing millions week-on-week.
Strictly and X Factor overlapped a bit this Saturday - and Strictly had higher ratings. Maybe the tide is turning a bit (and the X Factor is beginning to sound cliched in some of the judges comments being "comments by numbers") - or it may be a blip. Strictly has had a bit of a reboot (new set, and some very good bookings) and it's good to see it do well.
As someone that's watched the past two seasons of X Factor UK, I gotta say I'm disappointed with this years show so far. I quite literally don't like any of the 4 judges. The past two years I simply didn't care for Louie, but he was easy to ignore, but this year blechhhhh. Also not a fan of the "talent" they chose. I despise Katie, who's video I linked above, but I think she has a good voice and stage presence, but your countrymen and women will never let her win, which is another thing I hate about the UK version - too much damn drama. You rarely (I actually cant remember it once) if ever hear of a current American Idol contestant getting death threats or being bullied in the press, but it appears to be commonplace in the UK.
Saw a story the other day that said Simon called up the producers and judges of the UK show and reamed them out over the show's content and lackluster stage presentations. I'm sure he's not a fan of the fact that his show has dropped millions of viewers in the UK in addition to the US version not coming remotely close to meeting his stated expectations. Instead X Factor is doing respectable numbers, but they're in line with The Voice and not with Idol. I have no idea what the plan is for the US version though. We're not getting to the live portion for another two weeks.