Tuesday 24 October 2017

Strictly trounces X Factor in Saturday night ratings war

Laura Whitmore, Giovanni Pernice
Laura Whitmore, Giovanni Pernice
Four of Diamonds were drafted in to replace Brooks Way (Syco/Thames TV)
Judge Rinder during a dress rehearsal for Strictly Come Dancing

The number of viewers who tuned into ITV's X Factor on Saturday night dropped as the competition entered its second week of live performances.

An average of 5.8 million people watched the show compared to 6.2 million last Saturday.

Almost double that number tuned into rival BBC One show Strictly Come Dancing, making it the most popular live competition of the two for a second week running.

An average audience of 9.8 million opted for the dance show with a peak of 10.8 million and an audience share of 46.3% when it aired at 6.30pm, compared with a peak of 6.7 million and a share of 28% for The X Factor.

Four of Diamonds were drafted in to replace Brooks Way (Syco/Thames TV)
Four of Diamonds were drafted in to replace Brooks Way (Syco/Thames TV)

Results programmes for both shows will air on Sunday evening, with Strictly on BBC One at 7.15pm and The X Factor on ITV1 at 8pm.

Saturday's X Factor performances, with a Motown theme, received a mixed response from judges and viewers.

It began with a welcome back to girl group Four of Diamonds, who returned to the show after being eliminated the week before the live contest began.

The Strictly contestants, however, were one man down after singer Will Young made a shock departure from the programme for "personal reasons".

Press Association

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