RATINGS! X Factor drops to lowest final viewing figures EVER as Strictly stays on top

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The X Factor last night scored its lowest ratings for a final show in its 12 year history.

It beat the previous record low set by last year's show of 5.9 million viewers, with 400,000 fewer tuning in this series.

The marathon Saturday show between 8PM and 10:05PM - which frankly was far longer than it needed to be with just three acts singing two songs - averaged 5.5 million viewers.

It wasn't quite a series low but was down on recent weeks, with 5.8 million watching the semi-finals last Saturday.

As above, the show was down 400,000 viewers on 2015 and almost 3 million below 2014's level. The first ever final (performance show) in 2004 had 8.1 million viewers.

The X Factor final continues tonight where much bigger viewing figures are expected: Last year's Sunday final show enjoyed a series high of more than 8 million viewers - can this year match up or go even bigger?

Back to last night and over on BBC One, Strictly Come Dancing hosted its live semi-final show between 6:50PM and 8:10PM, averaging a strong 10 million viewers.

The show was up on both 2015 and 2014 but dropped down 400,000 viewers on last weekend following Judge Rinder's elimination.

Also down was Michael McIntyre's Big Show which dipped to 5.6 million from last week's 6 million, but it was still enough to beat The X Factor in the 8PM hour.

On ITV and after The X Factor and the Jonathan Ross Show continued with a strong 3.26 million viewers.

The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing are both back tonight at 8PM on ITV and 7:20PM on BBC One respectively.

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