Wednesday 21 August 2019

Strictly’s Blackpool special wipes dancefloor with X Factor in ratings

The competition’s trip to the Tower Ballroom delivered huge numbers.

Strictly Come Dancing 2017
Strictly Come Dancing 2017

By Laura Harding, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Strictly Come Dancing’s trip to Blackpool pulled in 10.7 million viewers on Saturday night, more than double the audience of rival The X Factor.

The BBC flagship show pulled in 49% of the audience watching television and peaked with 11.4 million viewers watching the eight remaining couples spin round the dancefloor of the Tower Ballroom for week nine of the competition.

The Blackpool special delivered the highest average rating for the main Saturday show of the series.

The episode saw Alexandra Burke and partner Gorka Marquez top the leaderboard for a second week running after scoring 39 for their arcade-themed quickstep, while Debbie McGee channelled her inner Geri Halliwell for a samba to a medley from the Spice Girls.

They were watched by a star-studded audience which included Sir Lenny Henry, Peter Kay, JK Rowling and Graham Norton.

On ITV, The X Factor averaged 4.6 million viewers including those watching on ITV +1 and HD, peaking at 5.1 million viewers.

Irish brothers Sean and Conor Price and solo singer Sam Black were the latest acts to leave the competition during its crazy in love-themed show.

The programme will lose four acts across the weekend in a double elimination special.

Sean and Conor, mentored by Simon Cowell, performed Julia Michael’s Issues, while Black – who opened the show – offered his own take on Little Mix and Charlie Puth’s Oops.

Strictly’s Blackpool results show airs on Sunday night at 7.15pm on BBC One, while The X Factor continues on ITV at 7.30pm.

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