The Strictly Come Dancing 2012 final was watched by a peak audience of 14 million viewers, its second highest audience ever.
It was millions above The X Factor, which has shed nearly 5 million viewers in just two years.
Telly host Tess hit out at the rival ITV1 series, accusing the show of being scripted and clichéd.
Tess told the Daily Mirror this week: “I think it boils down to people believing in the show, they understand that it’s not manipulated in any way, viewers empathise with the stars taking part and enjoy being along for the ride.
“The judges don’t dish out the high scores easily, do they?
"But that said they tend to be fair and at least they’re not “produced” like judges on other shows, so there’s never a dull moment."
"Other shows", Tess? Very subtle.
The 43-year-old went on: “It’s feelgood entertainment that celebrates the best in people brave enough to put themselves out there by learning how to dance in front of the eyes of the nation.
“Plus this year we had some big star names; people whose careers are flying high but who wanted to take part purely because they loved the show so much.”