With the Sun reporting that the Simon Cowell produced ITV show Red or Black has been axed, X Factor suffering deteriorating ratings and rumours of ill-health we ask ‘Is the end is sight for Simon Cowell’s TV empire?’
Despite giving away TV’s biggest ever prize (£1.5 million) and enjoying 5 million viewers, the Ant & Dec-fronted show Red or Black has been deemed a flop and has seemingly been dropped by ITV. The show is produced by Cowell.
Then, after heavy criticism last series, the current season of the X Factor has seen ratings drop every week and the most recent show was watched by 2.9 million fewer viewers than the equivalent show last year.
In addition, a new biography claims that Cowell has been using tablets and pills to keep up with the intense schedule of shooting the American version of the X Factor and that he was turning into a ‘weird vampire’. The book – Sweet Revenge, the intimate life of Simon Cowell – claims that Cowell confided in X Factor judge Louis Walsh: “I don’t want any more tablets and pills. I’m cutting out the lot, including cigarettes. I desperately need peace. I’m craving normality. I’ve got to work out my demons and come out of it. I have to get back to where I was years ago. I had to stop reading texts at three in the morning and making calls later and later. I wanted peace.”
If you take all of this together it certainly seems that the cracks are finally starting to show in the carefully constructed Cowell empire, who knows maybe ITV’s Saturday night schedule may soon need another overhaul.