Strictly Come Dancing 2012 final results seen by 14 million

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A huge audience of 14 million viewers tuned in to last night's Strictly Come Dancing 2012 final results.

The peak audience saw Louis Smith crowned in the winner in the show's biggest final to date, making it the second highest rated final of the format ever.

Not bad for a show now in its tenth series.

The first show, which saw the final tour perform their show dances, was watched by an average audience of 12.35 million.

The second instalment from 8:50PM on BBC One was somewhat bizarrely seen, on average, by fewer viewers, with 12.11 million tuning in.

Perhaps the missing 200,000 were all Dani Harmer fans.

When the result between the top three - Louis, Kimberley Walsh and Denise Van Outen - was announced, a peak audience of 14 million viewers was recorded, an impressive 49% share.

Speaking about the ratings, Danny Cohen, Controller BBC One said: "Strictly has enjoyed an outstanding year, with dancing and entertainment of the highest quality. "

He added: "Darcey Bussell has been a tremendous addition to our wonderful judges, and there is a positive and warm energy about the show that families and people of all ages have enjoyed. Strictly's warmth is at the heart of its success and I want to thank all those on and off screen for helping to make it such a brilliant series."

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