RATINGS! X Factor viewing figures rebound for Six Chair Challenge

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The X Factor 2017 viewing figures were up last night for the start of the six chair challenge.

However once more it came off second best in a clash with Strictly Come Dancing on Sunday evening.


It was the second Sunday this year that the two shows went head to head, as Strictly aired its latest results show.

The pre-recorded episode between 7:15PM and 8PM averaged 9 million viewers, 400,000 down on Saturday's live performance show, but up 500,000 viewers on last weekend and level with last year's equivalent results episode.

A peak audience of 9.3 million were watching when who left Strictly Come Dancing next was revealed.

The X Factor meanwhile kicked off its first six chair challenge episode halfway through Strictly, running between 7:30PM and 9PM. The episode averaged 5.7 million viewers.

It was up a million viewers on Saturday's show and 600,000 up on last Sunday's episode, however year-on-year comparisons remain lacklustre. In 2016, Sunday's Six Chair Challenge episode had 7.1 million viewers.

Strictly and X Factor will clash again both next Saturday and Sunday night. On Saturday, Strictly runs 6:45PM - 8:40PM while X Factor airs 8:15PM - 10:15PM. On the Sunday, Strictly's results air 7:15PM - 8PM while X Factor will get a head start on its rival for the first time, airing 7PM-9PM.

Elsewhere in last night's viewing figures, in the 9PM slot, Victoria rose 400,000 viewers week-on-week to a near series high of 4.7 million viewers.


It was more than new BBC One drama series The Last Post, which had dropped to 3.9 million viewers from its opening episode last Sunday.

Earlier on BBC One, Antiques Roadshow was the most watched show of the day across all channels after Strictly with 6 million viewers.

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