X Factor ratings slip to Saturday night low as Pointless host claims BBC quiz show is better value

The ITV talent show’s audience dipped to 7 million, just 1 million more than BBC1’s early evening celebrity quiz

Pointless Celebrities is better value than The X Factor says co-host Richard Osman, after the early evening quiz show drew an audience just 1 million less than the ITV talent show in its later Saturday night slot.


The BBC1 show was watched by an average of 5.92 million viewers between 6:10pm and 7pm while, without ITV+1 figures, The X Factor managed just 7.04million – it’s lowest Saturday night rating of the series so far – in its primetime berth of 8-9:30pm, according to figures from UK TV Ratings.

Posting on Twitter, Pointless quizmaster Richard Osman claimed victory over The X Factor, adding that a single episode of the ITV show cost more than 24 instalments of his programme, making it good value for licence fee payers.


BBC1’s own talent show, Strictly Come Dancing, which overlaps with the opening quarter of an hour of The X Factor in its slot of 7-8:15pm, continued its run as the biggest programme of Saturday night, pulling in an average of 9.68m, up 50,000 on the previous week, and peaking at 10.4m.