The X Factor USA got underway last night, and while it looks like we have another night to wait for Simon's singing, it appears like it might be too late for the show.

The shows return saw ratings plummet to a new low on Wednesday night in the US. The show had a rating of 6.2 million viewers, which dropped a massive 20% from last year. The American spin off has never gained the success X Factor UK has, now on its tenth series it doesn't look like it's going anywhere soon. Despite a multi million dollar advertising campaign two years ago  x Factor USA has failed to make the impact American Idol has.

Many insiders were surprised this series went ahead. With the shows future in doubt, could Cowell be facing the axe? Making that return to the X Factor UK more likely now. The show has had a upheaval in the judging panel over the years with the loss of four judges. Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio replace LA Reid and Britney Spears this year.

The X Factor USA returns to TV3 tonight at 9pm. If you missed last night's episode you can check out X Factor hopeful ,54 year old Lillie Mc Cloud, audition below. Yes, we said 54!!