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Axe hangs over X Factor US as ratings plummet below 4M

The future of The X Factor USA appears uncertain after its ratings dropped to a new low – and even Nicole Scherzinger made her feelings about the show clear.

While Simon Cowell had predicted big things for the American equivalent of ITV’s Saturday night staple, just 3.6m viewers are reported to have tuned in to the most recent edition of the show, currently in its third series.

And speculation is rife that the show will not return for a fourth run, with some reports even suggesting it could be axed ‘within days’.

Meanwhile X Factor UK judge Nicole Scherzinger has expressed concerns to Cowell – telling the mogul that he needs to focus more on his efforts across the Atlantic.

‘Simon, honey, you need to worry about those ratings in the US!’ she pointed out. ‘Our show is way better than the American one.’

Cowell – who is the only male panellist alongside Paulina Rubio, Kelly Rowland and Demi Lovato – had reportedly been aiming to attract 20m viewers to the series when it first began, although ratings topped out at around the 12m mark.

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, following Gary Barlow’s recent announcement that he would be leaving at the end of the current series.

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