Tuesday 21 August 2018

Strictly Come Dancing remains victorious over X Factor in ratings battle

The ballroom dancing contest was Saturday’s most-watched show.

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman (Matt Crossick/PA)
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman (Matt Crossick/PA)

By Sherna Noah, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Strictly Come Dancing has continued to dwarf The X Factor in the ratings.

The BBC1 ballroom dancing show attracted an average of 9.3 million and a peak audience of 10.2 million on Saturday night, holding on to its figures from last week.

With a 45% viewing share, it was also the most-watched show on TV on Saturday.

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: Dermot O'Leary, Sharon Osbourne, Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger (Syco/Thames)

Despite some grumbles about the calibre of the celebrities this series, the episode also did better than the equivalent last year, which notched up 8.6 million and a peak of 9.5 million.

The X Factor, now in the Bootcamp stage, was seen by 4.9 million viewers, slightly up on last week, although its peak fell from six million to 5.8 million, according to overnight data.

The shows overlapped for 50 minutes until 8.50pm.

ITV’s X Factor had more 16 to 34-year-old viewers – the audience loved by advertisers – with 1. 1 million compared to Strictly’s 900,000.

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