Victory for Strictly: Failing X Factor's Sunday results episodes to be SCRAPPED after 10 years and replaced by Catchphrase

  • X Factor boss Simon Cowell is facing humliation in battle to win TV ratings war
  • The celebrity version of the show has scrapped its Sunday episode, it emerged
  • The move comes after years of declining viewing figures against BBC's Strictly
  • Just 4.3million tuned in to watch ITV show on Saturday, compared to Strictly's 10million 

X Factor boss Simon Cowell is facing humiliation in his battle to win the TV ratings war as it emerged Sunday episodes of the music show have been scrapped.

Live episodes of the Celebrity version of the programme begin on Saturday, but bosses have decided to stick to just one a week.

The move comes after years of declining viewing figures for ITV's once flagship entertainment show as it competes against BBC juggernaut Strictly Come Dancing.

Cowell has recruited big names from both sides of the Atlantic for his new spin on the long-running franchise in a battle to win back viewers. 

But on Saturday it sunk to a peak of just 4.3million in the ratings, compared to 10million for BBC dancing show. 

The X Factor results episode has aired on a Sunday for the past ten years and traditionally featured performances from chart-toppers before a sing-off to determine which act was going home. 

Bad timing: The latest setback for Simon Cowell's show follows news that Sunday episodes have been scrapped, meaning there will be just one show a week

Axed: The X Factor will no longer air on Sunday nights, with the long-standing results episode of the ITV show scrapped from schedules

Replacement: Instead the results will air on Saturday in an extended episode and Sunday night's gap in the schedule will be filled by Stephen Mulhern's popular quiz show Catchphrase

Instead the results will air on Saturday in an extended episode and Sunday night's gap in the schedule will be filled by Stephen Mulhern's popular quiz show Catchphrase

Instead the results will air on Saturday in an extended episode and Sunday night's gap in the schedule will be filled by Stephen Mulhern's popular quiz show Catchphrase.

The first live show of The X Factor: Celebrity kicks off at 8.20pm this weekend, ending at 10:10pm. 

A source told MailOnline: 'The X Factor: Celebrity is a new show and a new format and as such will be scheduled differently to previous years with one bumper show on a Saturday.'

Big weekend: The stars of the X Factor: Celebrity were pictured leaving a London rehearsal studio on Wednesday ahead of Saturday's first live show, pictured Love Island group The Islanders Samira Mighty, Wes Nelson and Eyal Booker

Big weekend: The stars of the X Factor: Celebrity were pictured leaving a London rehearsal studio on Wednesday ahead of Saturday's first live show, pictured Love Island group The Islanders Samira Mighty, Wes Nelson and Eyal Booker

Fun and games: Eyal and Samira had some fun on an electric scooter after their latest round of rehearsals

Fun and games: Eyal and Samira had some fun on an electric scooter after their latest round of rehearsals 

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Last week's episode of X Factor peaked at 4.3million but this figure does not include those people watching on ITV Hub, Smart Phone, Tablet, Catch-up and Digital platforms. 

It was ITV’s biggest show of the night and the most watched show on TV in its slot, doubling BBC1’s rating among young adults. 

But despite X Factor winning its time slot, over on BBC 1 Strictly pulled in 9 million viewers and peaked with nearly 10 million when it aired immediately before The X Factor. 

Strictly's ratings climbed this week after drawing 8.5 million in the previous week. 

Hunks: Two out of the three members of rugby group Try Star, Thom Evans and Levi Davis were also seen at rehearsals

Hunks: Two out of the three members of rugby group Try Star, Thom Evans and Levi Davis were also seen at rehearsals

Social media stars: Influencers girl group V5 were spotted taking a break outside the studio

Social media stars: Influencers girl group V5 were spotted taking a break outside the studio

The results are in: The X Factor: Celebrity aired its second star-studded episode on Saturday night, but ratings show the ITV franchise is trailing behind BBC's Strictly Come Dancing

The results are in: The X Factor: Celebrity aired its second star-studded episode on Saturday night, but ratings show the ITV franchise is trailing behind BBC's Strictly Come Dancing

In its opening week X Factor Celebrity peaked at 5.3 million and won its time slot - 8.35pm to 10.05pm - with a 27.3% audience share, as well as being the most watched show on ITV. 

The first show was watched by more than 7 million viewers across the week. It was the biggest show of the night among young viewers (18-34 year olds), beating Strictly by 51% and standing as ITV’s 2nd biggest show of the entire year.

The show suffered a dip from last year's opening edition of 5.7 million though. 

In 2018, X Factor - which saw Louis Tomlinson, Robbie Williams and Ayda Field take to the panel - launched with 5.7 million viewers and a 34 per cent share of viewing, up by two share points the previous year. 

Top of the leaderboard: The second episode of the brand new celebrity edition of the show peaked at 4.3 million while rival Strictly peaked with nearly 10 million

Top of the leaderboard: The second episode of the brand new celebrity edition of the show peaked at 4.3 million while rival Strictly peaked with nearly 10 million

Celebs: Cowell has recruited big names for his new spin on the franchise with the second episode determining which stars had made it through to the live shows (pictured Ricki Lake)

Celebs: Cowell has recruited big names for his new spin on the franchise with the second episode determining which stars had made it through to the live shows (pictured Ricki Lake)

Fan favourite: Meanwhile The Chase star Jenny Ryan was also given a last minute slot for the lives after Saturday's episode showed her being axed by Nicole Scherzinger

Fan favourite: Meanwhile The Chase star Jenny Ryan was also given a last minute slot for the lives after Saturday's episode showed her being axed by Nicole Scherzinger 

The episode peaked with 6.3 million viewers, a 3 per cent share, and had a 48 per cent share of 16-34s viewing. 

A source told MailOnline: 'We are thrilled with the reaction to the launch of The X Factor: Celebrity and the fact it won the night among the key 16 to 34s demo, peaking with half of all young people watching TV. 

'The feedback from viewers has been overwhelmingly positive and The X Factor: Celebrity had a rare 14 trends across the night on Twitter.' 

Alongside music mogul Simon, musician Nicole Scherzinger and entertainment manager Louis Walsh have returned as judges on this year's spin-off series. 

Emotional scenes: The celebrities who made it through to the next round on Saturday night included a tearful Megan McKenna

Emotional scenes: The celebrities who made it through to the next round on Saturday night included a tearful Megan McKenna

The move comes after years of declining viewing figures for ITV's once flagship entertainment show as it competes against BBC juggernaut Strictly Come Dancing (pictured)

The move comes after years of declining viewing figures for ITV's once flagship entertainment show as it competes against BBC juggernaut Strictly Come Dancing (pictured)

The celebrities who made it through to the next round on Saturday night include US talkshow queen Ricki Lake, TOWIE's Megan McKenna, a band made up of Love Island 2018 competitors and rugby hunks Ben Foden, Thom Evans and Levi Davis.

The close of the second episode saw Simon Cowell making a call to Vinnie Jones, who was forced to pull out of the first round of auditions following the tragic death of his wife.

Vinnie was heard accepting Simon's request to appear on the live shows. 

Meanwhile The Chase star Jenny Ryan was also given a last minute slot for the lives, after viewers were left outraged by judge Nicole Scherzinger's to send the talented singer home. 

Tough competition: Strictly meanwhile featured guest judge Alfonso Ribeiro for its fifth live show of the 2019 series

Tough competition: Strictly meanwhile featured guest judge Alfonso Ribeiro for its fifth live show of the 2019 series 

X Factor's Sunday episode SCRAPPED for the first time in 10 years

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