RATINGS! Strictly Come Dancing and X Factor's viewing figures

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Strictly Come Dancing once again topped Saturday night's TV ratings this weekend.

Strictly's live show last night saw the remaining twelve celebrity contestants and their pro darners take to the floor once more to impress judeges Shirley Ballas, Dame Darcey Bussell, Craig Revel Horwood and the week's special guest judge Alfonso Ribeiro.

Danny John-Jules and Amy Dowden topped the scoreboard after a Jive to Flip, Flop and Fly by Ellis Hall. The dance scored the first ten of the series and was described as "extraordinary" by Darcey while Shirley said it was "absolutely amazing".

An average audience of 10 million viewers tuned in to BBC One between 6:45PM and 8:35PM, with a peak audience of 11 million.

The numbers were 600,000 viewers down on last weekend's series high but up on all of the other episodes of the season so far.

Over on ITV and The X Factor kick started its live shows with a marathon episode spanning more than two hours.

The non-stop performances averaged 4.5 million viewers between 8:25PM and 10:35PM, with a ten-minute overlap against the end of Strictly Come Dancing. The episode was down around a million viewers on last week's judges' houses performance show.

All sixteen of the finalists performed for judges Louis Tomlinson, Simon Cowell, Ayda Williams and Robbie Williams before lines opened for viewers to vote for the first time this series.

The X Factor will return to ITV tonight at 8PM for the first live results show as two acts head home, with the sing-off making a come back. Plus, reigning X Factor winners Rak-Su and The greatest Showman's Keala Settle will be singing.

Meanwhile, Strictly Come Dancing's results begin slightly earlier at 7:45PM on BBC One. Another two couples will face the dance off before the judges decide who to save. There will also be a musical performance from Paloma Faith.

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