The first part of the X Factor final drew its lowest audience since its launch year in 2004 on Saturday 14 December.
The ITV talent show managed to pull an average audience of 8.5 million, that includes viewers catching-up on ITV+1.
That’s down a million on the final Saturday last year.
Sam Bailey and and Nicholas McDonald made it through to the last two after Luke Friend received the fewest public votes.
Judge Nicole Sherzinger duetted with former prison guard Sam while ex Westlife singer Shane Filan sang with 17-year-old Nicholas.
The show, which is in its tenth series, also trailed behind its rival, Strictly Come Dancing, which is in its semi-final stage on BBC 1.
The latest X Factor ratings are the lowest since the first even final in 2004 when 8.1 million people watched Steve Brookstein win the series.
In 2010, 14.1 million viewers tuned in to see Matt Cardle named winner.
The latest figures follow a recent deal signed by ITV and the show’s boss Simon Cowell, which will keep the show on air for another three years.
At its peak last, Strictly pulled 9.9 million viewers, which was 43% of people watching televison at that time.
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