RATINGS! Strictly Come Dancing viewing figures climb to series high

Strictly and X Factor viewing figures

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Strictly Come Dancing's viewing figures climbed to a series high on Saturday night.

Ratings for the BBC One show peaked at 12 million viewers for the latest live show.

An average audience of 10.6 million tuned in between 6:40PM and 8:35PM as the remaining thirteen couples danced for the judges.

The viewing figures were up over a million viewers week-on-week and 600,000 on last year's equivalent episode.

This weekend it was Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton who topped the scores after performing the Foxtrot to ‘Hi Ho Silver Lining’ by Jeff Beck. It scored the pair their best marks yet, with 33 points from the judges.

At the other end of the scoreboard, Katie Piper and Gorka Marquez's Jive left them bottom with just 18 points while the Samba proved challenging for Kate Silverton and Aljaž Skorjanec, scoring 20 marks.

But all eyes were on Seann Walsh and Katya Jones following the week of drama following their controversial kiss away from the ballroom. The incident wasn't only vaguely referenced by host Tess Daly, who introduced the pair by saying: "It's been quite a week, but tonight it's all about the dancing."

Over on ITV and The X Factor also saw a lift, climbing to 5.4 million viewers for the second round of judges' houses.

The latest episode saw Robbie Williams in LA picking his finalists in the Groups category.

LMA Choir, duo A Star, Misunderstood and boy band Vibe 5 are in the live shows while American duo Panda and Burgundy and girl group Sweet Sense were sent home.

The episode was up 400,000 viewers on last week and matched 2017's episode on the same day.

Both The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing are back on TV tonight on ITV and BBC One respectively.

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