This Saturday’s episode was down more than 2 million viewers on the same weekend in 2011, and the series as a whole is down by well over 1 million viewers an episode on average compared with last year.
Last year ITV charged roughly £120,000 for a 30-second TV ad during The X Factor, reports the Guardian, adding up to about £3 million an episode and more than £95 million for the series.
However, the audience decline this year means that ITV has not been able to charge the same level for a 30 second ad. On average the price has come down by about 10 per cent to £110,000, according to media buyers.
This means that if the audience levels fail to recover, ITV will make about £85 million from the series this year. In 2010, a standout year for The X Factor’s viewing figures, ITV made well over £100 million from the show.