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