X Factor gets mixed reaction from fans
THE X Factor always draws mixed reviews and differing opinions, and this year is no exception.
The latest season of music mogul Simon Cowell's TV show returned on Saturday and Sunday nights with the audition rounds.
While viewership numbers were high in Ireland, fans in the UK were not as keen to see the on-stage action unfold and there was a massive slump of one million in the ratings in the space of only 24 hours.
The X Factor airs on TV3 here, and the 2014 premiere weekend attracted more than 1.2 million viewers.
An average of 421,900 people watched Mayo man Louis Walsh and fellow judges Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Spice Girl Mel B whittle down the wannabes on Saturday's edition, while 432,500 people tuned in on Sunday.
"I think the majority of households in Ireland were tuned in to see the return of Mr Nasty and the easy-on-the-eye Cheryl," a TV3 spokesperson said.
"Their return to the panel coupled with Irish singer Ben Quinlan's serenading of Cheryl seemed to be the catalyst for the ratings rising."
Although the opening weekend proved a hit with Irish viewers, audiences in the UK showed their interest is already waning.
A total of 9.5 million people saw Cheryl make her comeback on Saturday, but that fell to 8.2 million for Sunday night's offering.
Despite the changes to the panel which were expected to give the show a huge boost, it is down 1.7 million on the equivalent show for 2013.