The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent top most watched Saturday telly shows

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell is probably feeling a little smug today, with his top shows The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent being named as the UK's favourite programmes to sit down and watch every Saturday. The reality talent contest tops a new survey which lists the UK's favourite UK Saturday night telly.

But while Simon Cowell and ITV1 hold the hold two spots - and 6 of the Top 10 programmes - the BBC has 16 programmes in the top 30, complied from data since 2006.

BBC's Strictly Come Dancing is third on the list with just over 14 million viewers, compared to The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent's near 20 million peaks in recent years.

Another ITV1 reality show is next, with Dancing On Ice picking up a tad over 11 million interested fans.

Non-reality shows in the list include Harry Hill's TV Burp and Away a one-off special with Ronnie Corbett shown on the BBC last year.

A spokesperson for industry magazine Broadcast, which complied the figures, commented; "The days of Morecambe and Wise, Two Ronnies, Blind Date, Noel’s House Party and The Generation Game are long gone.

"But Britain’s Got Talent, Ant and Dec, The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing remind us that Saturday nights remain big nights in."

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