Strictly Come Dancing enjoys its best viewing figures since 2010

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Strictly Come Dancing 2016 enjoyed the show's best ratings since 2010.

In fact, this year's fourteenth series was the second most watched over the past 12 years of the show.

An average audience of 11 million tuned in each week, with the final on Saturday night reaching more than 16 million viewers.

It was the show's join second most watched series to date, along with 2011's run, with both trailing 2010's peak year where an average of 11.2 million were turning on to BBC One on Saturday nights.

Former rival show The X Factor peaked the same year and it's ratings have since crashed with the 2016 run of the ITV series its least watched ever.

Strictly on the other hand has stayed remarkably strong with the past seven series all averaging over 10 million viewers. This compares to the very first series back in 2004 which was watched by an average of 6.5 million.

Perhaps one reason why Strictly has proved so resilient is its decision to stick to a tried and tested format with few changes and twists.

But that will end next year when head judge Len Goodman steps down, leaving the pressure on show bosses to decide on a replacement that will keep viewers coming back once again.

As The X Factor has proved with its ever changing judges over the past six years, it's not easy....

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