Viewing figures from last night's X Factor final showed a loss of over 1 million viewers compared to 2015.

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Last night’s X Factor final attracted the lowest figures to date for a series finale.

Seven million viewers watched as Matt Terry was crowned winner of this year’s ITV talent contest.

It was a drop of 1.4 million from 2015, when 8.4 million watched Louisa Johnson take home the X Factor crown.

This year’s final peaked at 8.3 million viewers, compared to 9.9 million last year.

The news comes after ITV signed a three-year deal for The X Factor, meaning the talent show will remain on screen until at least 2019.

The 2014 final – which saw Ben Haenow beat rival Fleur East – had an average audience of 9.1 million viewers and peaked at around 10.5 million viewers.

The X Factor, Matt Terry

23-year-old Matt Terry was crowned X Factor winner last night

Meanwhile, rival show Strictly Come Dancing continued to beat the opposition.

The results show on BBC1 – in which Claudia Fragapane and partner AJ Pritchard made their exit – was seen by a peak of 12.1 million viewers with an average of 11 million (43.7 share), making it the most watched show on TV.

The first series of The X Factor, in 2004, had 8.1 million viewers for its results show but the series went on to enjoy viewing figures of 17.2 million in 2010 when Matt Cardle was declared winner.

The X Factor final, which featured performances from Kylie Minogue, Madness and Little Mix, was the most watched programme of the night for 16 to 34-year-olds, with a 37% share of the age group.

Matt Terry was crowned winner after beating fellow contestant Saara Alto.

Boyband 5 After Midnight were eliminated during the semi-final on Saturday night.

23-year-old Matt Terry, who previously worked as a waiter, won audiences over with his renditions of Sam Smith song The Writing’s On The Wall and Randy Crawford’s One Day I’ll Fly Away, which has had a surge in popularity since John Lewis used the track in this year’s Christmas advert.

Earlier today former contestant Honey G announced she has secured a record deal with Simon Cowell’s label Syco.