Simon Cowell says ‘The X Factor is better’ without him

The new X Fcator viewing figures hush critics... for now

The new X Factor series already appears to be a ratings success with a peak of 12 million viewers tuning into the first episode on Saturday night.

The eighth series has been plagued with controversy since it was revealed Cheryl, Dannii and Simon would not be featuring this year. Despite the British public having some abandonment issues, it seems the show must go on….

New judges Tulisa Contostavlos, Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland and X Factor veteran Louis Walsh pulled in an average of 11.3 million viewers, just slightly below the average of last years record breaking opener.

X Factor boss Simon Cowell, who quit the UK show for the USA version, said: ‘I am thrilled with the numbers. The new judging team are doing a brilliant job and I think the show feels even better this year.’

‘With me not there, it has taken the age down considerably. We have four individuals being themselves. It is the public who will decide, but I am very pleased with the start.’ The Sun newspaper reports.

The show seems to focus more on actual talent then the judges this year, imagine that, but will it be enough to grip the audience? Will you keep watching? Let us know…

SEE THE X FACTOR 2011 LAUNCH PHOTOS HERE

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