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Saturday 21 October 2017

Strictly Come Dancing trounces X Factor in Saturday night ratings war

Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff performing during rehearsals for the BBC programme 'Strictly Come Dancing'.
Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff performing during rehearsals for the BBC programme 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

Strictly Come Dancing drew its biggest audience of the series last night as it pulled three million ahead of rival The X Factor.

The BBC1 dance show had an average of 10.6 million, while its ITV competitor managed 7.7 million (including viewers on its catch-up +1 channel).

The X Factor saw its audience dip after going head-to-head with the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who which was screened last night.

Strictly took a lead over X Factor early in the series but last night's gap between the shows was the biggest so far, and one of the lowest audiences for the Saturday night edition of the ITV show in recent years

The Doctor Who episode had an average of 10.2 million, which was among the biggest overnight ratings since the programme was rebooted by the BBC in 2005. It was the fifth highest figure since the show returned, beaten mainly by Christmas specials and the New Year's Day 2010 programme which saw Matt Smith make his debut as the Doctor.

Doctor Who's executive producer Steven Moffat said of the 10.2 million audience: "I'm astonished and moved - and that's only the score so far, that's just the overnights.

"I speak from personal experience when I say that there's nothing better the morning after your 50th birthday than knowing you've still got it. Happy birthday, Doctor - go get 'em you old devil."

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