Britain's Got Talent judge Simon Cowell has told friends he is worried "the pond has run dry" in terms of talent in the UK.
He reportedly said that he will not make money out of this year's BGT winner.
Viewing figures are down, with a record one million tuning out on Saturday nights.
Fans are also going online to complain about the standard of the programme's acts.
Previous winners include Susan Boyle, who has sold over eight million albums.
Last year's champions, dance group Diversity, have also enjoyed success - recently starring in the movie Streetdance.