X Factor 2016 ratings dip to series low for first live show as Strictly soars ahead

Latest X Factor v Strictly viewing figures

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Viewing figures for The X Factor dipped to a series low for the first live show.

Overnight ratings reveal that last night's episode between 8PM and 10PM was watched by an average of 6.2 million viewers.

The opener was hampered with one act unable to perform and a major overlap with Strictly Come Dancing.

The BBC show moved forward in the schedules, seeing the two shows clash by 50 minutes.

And while that knocked The X Factor's numbers, Strictly didn't show any signs of weakening as it easily came out on top by more than 3 MILLION viewers.

Strictly soared by more than 400,000 viewers week-on-week to attract an average audience of 9.6 million for its movies themed night.

In terms of peak audiences, The X Factor had 7.25 million and Strictly posted a high of 10.6 million.

On average, Strictly was up 700,000 viewers on 2015's equivalent show and 900,000 on 2014.

Year-on-year comparisons with The X Factor are slightly harder: Last year's first live show had 5.6 million viewers, making last night's show up 600,000, but this was later on in the month due to the different schedule.

Like this year, 2015's first live show was also a series low at that point.

Going back a little further, in 2014 The X Factor had 7.6 million viewers for its opening live episode.

The X Factor and Strictly both continue tonight but there is no clash.

Strictly's results air on BBC One from 7:15PM to 8PM while The X Factor airs live at 8PM on ITV.

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