RATINGS! Strictly Come Dancing scores massive win over X Factor and I'm A Celebrity


BBC's Strictly Come Dancing was the most watched show on the telly last night.

And it wasn't exactly a close race.

An average audience of 10.2 million viewers tuned in to the latest live dances, as the top six couples performed their usual routines plus took part in the Cha Cha Challenge.

The number was the same as last year's equivalent show and up 600,000 on the same episode in 2014, peaking with a whopping 11.5 million viewers.

The X Factor on ITV at 8PM, which clashed with Strictly for 10 minutes, had almost half the audience with 5.7 million viewers.

It was one of the lowest ratings for the series so far as the remaining five singers performed twice for the first time this year.

The Quarter Final show was down nearly a million on 2015 and 2 million on 2014's equivalent shows, achieving a peak audience of 6.6 million.

The X Factor was in fact beaten in the 8PM hour by Michael McIntyre's Big Show, which had 5.8 million viewers on BBC One, while over on ITV earlier in the evening Meet The Parents had 1.6 million viewers.

X Factor's marathon long show pushed the usual I'm A Celebrity 2016 highlights back to the much later time of 9:50PM which no doubt dented its ratings.

The latest episode had 7.4 million, down slightly on 2015 (7.6 million) and a drop of 700,000 viewers on 2014.

I'm A Celebrity, X Factor and Strictly all return to TV tonight.

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