Strictly Come Dancing 2013 final ratings: 12.6 million watch Abbey Clancy win

Strictly Come Dancing

A huge peak audience of over 12.5 million viewers watched last night's Strictly Come Dancing 2013.

It was model Abbey Clancy who claimed victory over Corrie actress Natalie Gumede, singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor and BBC news presenter Susanna Reid in the show's first ever all female final.

A peak audience of 12.6 million viewers watched as hosts Tess Daly and Sir Bruce Forsyth announced the winner after twelve weeks of live shows.

On average, the two live instalments last night were remarkably consistent, each seeing 11.5 million viewers.

While the numbers are certainly big, they are somewhat down on last year, when an average audience of over 12 million tuned in.

And in 2012, a peak audience of over 14 million watched as Louis Smith beat Kimberley Walsh in the final.

Still, compared to the competition, the BBC One series blew ITV out of the water and this year Strictly easily won the weekend ratings battles against The X Factor.

However it'll be a close race between the series and I'm A Celebrity to be crowned the most watched reality TV show of the year as the figures are finalised.

We'll have the twelve month of top reality telly shows run down online next week.

Strictly will return to BBC One for another series next autumn.

Browse pictures of tonight's Strictly Come Dancing 2013 live performances in our gallery below...

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