The Sharon Osbourne factor pays off as The X Factor triumphs in the weekend ratings

The ITV talent show peaked with 11.2m viewers on Sunday and smashed BBC1 opposition across the weekend

The X Factor’s retro revamp, including the return of Sharon Osbourne, paid off with a triumphant ratings performance over the weekend.


The ITV talent show, featuring judges Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh alongside the returning Osbourne, peaked with a high of 11.2 million viewers during its Sunday show, according to overnight figures, an overall share of 42% of the available viewing.

That episode averaged 9.9 million viewers, a 39% share of the overall viewing. This was up by 1.2 million viewers on the second episode of last year’s series, and up by 2 million viewers on the first Sunday show of the 2012 run.

The figures (which include ITV+1 and HD viewers) were also positive for Saturday’s launch show, which drew an average audience of 9.2 million, also a 42% share, and up half a million on last year’s opening episode. Airing between 8pm and 9:20pm, the first of the show’s tenth anniversary series peaked at 10.3 million, a 45% share.

The X Factor was followed on Saturday night by ITV’s revival of Through The Keyhole, with Keith Lemon replacing the late Sir David Frost in the presenter’s chair. The show averaged 5.5 million viewers, a 28% share, between 9:20pm and 10:15pm, including HD and +1 viewing.

The X Factor’s main opposition on BBC1 was Casualty, watched by 3.8 million (17%) between 8:40pm and 9:30pm, according to the overnights.

On Sunday, BBC1 scheduled Antiques Roadshow against the hour of X Factor at 8pm. The BBC1 show averaged 5.15 million viewers across its 60-minute running time.