Ratings: Simon Cowell no longer seems to have X Factor
Simon Cowell appears to have lost his pulling power, with new figures showing almost four million viewers departing the X Factor since he was previously on the show four years ago.
The show boss bowed out after the 2010 series to launch a US version, but returned this year with hopes that his comeback would give viewing figures a boost.
However, overnight figures for Sunday night's edition show a huge drop compared to the equivalent sixth programme of the series during his previous stint as head judge.
At this stage in 2010, the show drew an average audience of 11.6 million on ITV. But on Sunday, the same edition had 7.9m viewers – a drop of 3.7m.