RATINGS! Strictly Come Dancing, The X Factor and more viewing figures

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Strictly Come Dancing returned with just over 8 million viewers last night for its pre-recorded launch show.

The opener was the most watched TV show of the weekend but down 800,000 viewers on last year.


In fact, it was Strictly's lowest launch show since 2012 when 8 million tuned in.

A peak audience of 8.5 million viewers watched as this year's Strictly Come Dancing line up were paired with their pro partners.

They then took to the dancefloor for the very first time before heading into training. Strictly will return at the end of the month on Saturday, September 22 for its first live show.

Strictly launch ratings

2018: 8.1 million
2017: 8.8 million
2016: 9.3 million
2015: 8.7 million

2014: 8.4 million
2013: 8.4 million
2012: 8 million
2011: 7.6 million
2010: 7.1 million

Meanwhile, reality TV rival The X Factor averaged 4.6 million viewers for its latest episode.

The third instalment of auditions - which aired a later time of 8:30PM and overlapped with Strictly for 30 minutes - was down a million viewers on last week's opener.

With a peak audience of 5.6 million viewers, it was still easily ITV's most watched show of the night: A repeat of Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone attracted 2.6 million and Jonathan Ross's chat show had 2.2 million.

Robbie Williams, Ayda Williams, Louis Tomlinson and Simon Cowell are back behind the judges' desk once again this evening (Sunday, September 9) at 8PM for more auditions.


They'll once again be hosting arena auditions at The SSE Arena, Wembley, in front of a 4,000 strong audience as acts attempt to make it through to the six chair challenge.

Elsewhere on BBC One, Celebrity game shows Impossible and Pointless had 2.8 (up 400,000 on last weekend) million and 4.4 million (up 2 million) viewers respectively.

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