If Simon Cowell was hoping another new line-up of judges on the X Factor would boost ratings for the Fox series than last night’s figures will depress him. According to overnight ratings the third season premier of the X Factor was seen by 6.2 million viewers with a 2.1 18-49 rating. That compares with 8.7 million viewers for the season two premier and 12.5 million for the series premier back in 2011.
The third season of the American X Factor has Cowell on the judges panel alongside the returning Demi Lavato and new additions Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio. Previous judges include Britney Spears, Paula Abdul, L.A Reid and Nicole Scherzinger.