X Factor returned to TV screens on the weekend, but did so to the show's lowest opening viewing figures since 2006.
8.1 million viewers tuned in to this weekend's opening episodes, and while this was the most-watched show on Saturday night, this was 2.7 million fewer than watched 2011's opening episode.
ITV were quick to defend the show's ratings however, blaming the hot weather for the low number of viewers.
"The X Factor launched on the hottest day of the year and its audience was still over double that of the next nearest programme," said a spokesperson.
"We have a great series ahead, with some fantastic talent this year that viewers can look forward to."
Last week the show's executive producer Richard Holloway defended criticism of the show, saying: “We’re still the number one show on television. Is there anything to complain about? Not really.”
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