Just 3.6 millions viewers watched the most recent X-Factor and it could be axed ‘within days’. Nicole Sherzinger said: ‘Simon, honey, you need to worry about those ratings in the US! Our show is way better than the American one.’ By contrast The Voice USA, currently in its fifth series, pulled in an audience of 10.2m for its most recent edition last week.
The X Factor USA also fell victim to an unfortunate voting glitch during last week’s live show which resulted in all 13 finalists having to perform again the following night in a bid to win votes. Speculation over the show’s future may also further fuel rumours that Cowell is set to return to the panel of The X Factor UK in 2014.