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RATINGS! Strictly Come Dancing crushes X Factor in viewing figures

Latest UK TV viewing figures and ratings

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Strictly Come Dancing 2017 once again dominated Saturday night's viewing figures.

And the gap between the BBC One series and X Factor widened, as the ITV show dropped back to a new low.

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The third live show of the BBC One dancing series - a Movie themed special - ran between 6:35PM and 8:40PM as the fourteen remaining celebrity couples all performed once more.

An average audience of 9.8 million viewers tuned in, a series high and up 500,000 viewers on last weekend. Once again, a peak audience of more than 10 million viewers watched the live show, which was also up on 2016's equivalent episode.

Over on ITV, The X Factor's third and final bumper bootcamp show ran between 8:15PM and 8:40PM, avoiding more of Strictly than in recent weeks.

But despite the shorter overlap, the show was down 200,000 on last weekend to a joint all-time low in the overnight ratings of 4.8 million viewers.

Earlier, Cannonball and The Family Chase were once again trounced by Strictly on the other side with 1.4 million and 2.1 million viewers respectively, down 100,000 and level with last weekend's numbers respectively.

Both Strictly and The X Factor will return to TV tonight, only the second time that Strictly has aired on Sunday this year.

Tonight's Strictly Come Dancing's results - which were pre-recorded last night - will run between 7:15PM and 8PM.

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The X Factor meanwhile will be running from 7:30PM to 9PM with its first of three Six Chair Challenge episodes.

Next weekend, The X Factor will be again starting on the Saturday at 8:15PM but the clashes will continue as Strictly's start time shifts 10 minutes later to 6:45PM.

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