The second live show of both series saw very different numbers.
Strictly soared week on week, up nearly a million viewers to 9.91 million for its two hour show between 6:30PM and 8:30PM.
The X Factor however declined week on week - despite plenty of press - with 8.68 million viewers.
Even including those watching on ITV1+1 an hour later, the numbers were still down nearly a million on Strictly Come Dancing, and down over two million on last year's equivalent show.
Strictly peaked with over 11 million viewers, while The X Factor peaked with just under 10 million.
[cat]The X Factor[/cat] continues tonight from 8PM on ITV1 with the latest live results show.
Last night saw the remaining contestants singing tracks with a love and heartbreak theme before the public voted once again.
This evening's show will see the second elimination of the series, as well as performances from US country star Taylor Swift and former X Factor star Rebecca Ferguson.
Meanwhile Strictly Come Dancing will air its pre-recorded results show this evening just before the X Factor, featuring a performance from the Scissor Sisters.