RATINGS! Strictly Come Dancing and Britain's Got Talent latest viewing figures

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A peak audience of more than 8 million viewers tuned in to Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday.

The 2019 series of Strictly started its live shows with a marathon episode between 7PM and 9:20PM.

An average audience of 7.7 million viewers tuned in for the show, peaking with 8.5 million viewers.

The numbers are down over a million viewers on 2018's equivalent episode, where an average of 8.9 million tuned in.

It was Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher who topped the first Strictly leaderboard.

A last minute addition to the line up after Jamie Laing's exit, Kelvin's Samba with pro partner Oti Mabuse was branded "electrifying" by Shirley and "amazing" by Craig Revel Horwood.

Others who did well in the opening weekend were Karim and Amy, who won 31 points with a Cha Cha that was described as a "tour de force" by Bruno while Craig said he "loved it".

At the other end of the leaderboard, James Cracknell and Luba Mushtuk left us with plenty to remember with their Tango to Gold by Spandau Ballet. Also finding themselves at the wrong end of the leaderboard was Chris Ramsey after an "awkward" Cha Cha Cha.

As always, there is no elimination in the opening week but the judges' scores will carry over to next weekend where together with the public vote they'll determine which two celebs face the first dance-off.

Over on ITV on Saturday and Britain's Got Talent: The Champions continued with an average audience of 4 million viewers.

The fourth heat of the brand new spin-off series saw two more acts make it through to the final.

Acts that featured included American comedian Preacher Lawson, reigning BGT winner, singer Colin Thackery, and rollerskating duo Billy & Emily.

Other acts on this weekend's show included 2008 winner, dancer George Sampson, mini magician Issy Simpson, mime act Tape Face from New Zealand, Australian singer Bonnie Anderson and Mirror Family, a mirror and light dance act.

Britain's Got Talent: The Champions will continue next Saturday night at 8:30PM on ITV with the last of five heats.

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