Friday 15 November 2019

Strictly continues to ride high in ratings after Seann Walsh controversy

The show continued to draw big numbers, although not quite as large as in the immediate aftermath.

Seann Walsh and Katya Jones (Guy Levy/BBC)
Seann Walsh and Katya Jones (Guy Levy/BBC)

By Laura Harding, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Strictly Come Dancing has continued to draw bumper ratings in the wake of the controversy surrounding Seann Walsh and Katya Jones.

Saturday night’s episode was the most watched show across all channels on the day, drawing an average of 9.9 million viewers, the BBC said.

This gave BBC One a 49.4% share of the audience in the time slot, with viewership peaking at 11 million, according to the overnight ratings.

However, it marks a dip compared with last week’s episode, when the comedian and his professional partner performed a decidedly platonic Charleston and an average of 10.6 million tuned in to watch the show live, peaking at 11.9 million.

It marked the first time they had danced on the show since photographs of them kissing emerged.

The incident prompted a surge in viewers, giving the show its highest ratings of the series last week, with the average number up 1.4 million from the last episode before the scandal, when 9.2 million people tuned in.

Saturday night’s episode saw the duo return to the dancefloor to perform a quickstep to Lightning Bolt by Jake Bugg.

It also saw the appearance of a guest judge, as Alfonso Ribeiro filled in for regular panelist Bruno Tonioli.

On ITV, the first X Factor live show drew an average audience of 4.3 million, giving the channel a 24.7% share.

The show peaked with 5.1 million viewers.

The episode saw singer Danny Tetley forced to restart his performance following a technical blunder.

He paused his performance of Mariah Carey’s Hero after another contestant’s name was announced as he appeared on stage.

After Liverpudlian vocalist Anthony Russell’s name was read out, the singer turned to the judges and asked: “Sorry, can I start again?”

He received praise for his second take of the track, with Simon Cowell telling him the distraction had actually improved the quality of his performance.

The Strictly Come Dancing results show is on BBC One at 7.45pm while The X Factor live shows continue on ITV at 8pm.

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