'X Factor' U.K. Ratings for First Sunday Show of Season Drop
LONDON - The season's first Sunday episode of The X Factor U.K .reached an average audience of 7.9 million on commercial broadcaster ITV1, down sharply from last season's first Sunday show.
The hour-long show peaked with 8.8 million viewers.
In 2011, the first Sunday edition of X Factor, made by Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment and a U.K. arm of RTL Group's Fremantle, had drawn 10.3 million viewers.
The music competition, which this year has added Pussycat Dolls star Nicole Scherzinger to the panel of judges, had also reported a viewer decline for its fourth Saturday episode of the season.
But X Factor was still the highest-rated show in Britain on Sunday night.
The Paralympics closing ceremony on Channel 4, featuring performances by Coldplay, Rihanna and Jay-Z, averaged 5.9 million viewers with a peak audience of 7.7 million.