RATINGS! Strictly Come Dancing and Britain's Got Talent viewing figures

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Strictly Come Dancing's latest live episode was watched by just under 8 million viewers.

The 2019 series of Strictly continued its live shows with another marathon episode between 6:40PM and 8:50PM last night.

An average audience of 7.9 million viewers tuned in for the show, peaking with 8.9 million viewers.

The numbers are both up on last weekend where an average of 7.7 million and a peak of 8.5 million viewers watched.

However like last week, the episode was around 500,000 viewers below 2018's equivalent series.

Karim Zeroual finished this weekend top of the Strictly scoreboard from across the two weeks with a combined score of 63 points. He and pro partner Amy Dowden danced a Foxtrot to score 32 points, the joint highest marks of the night.

The marks were matched by Michelle Visage and Giovanni Pernice who danced a Viennese Waltz, ranking second on the combined leaderboard with a total of 62 points across the first two weeks.

At the bottom end of the scoreboard there was bad news for both sports stars David James and James Cracknell. David and Nadiya Bychkova scored the lowest marks of the night - and the series to date - with just 10 points for their Paso Doble.

However it was James and Luba Mushtuk who ended up bottom of the leaderboard over the two weeks despite improving on his first dance.

Strictly returns tonight at 7:15PM on BBC One with its first results show as the first celebrity is eliminated from the competition.

Over on ITV on Saturday and Britain's Got Talent: The Champions rose slightly week-on-week with an average audience of 4 million viewers.

The fifth heat of the brand new spin-off series saw two more acts make it through to the final.

Acts that featured included musical theatre singing group and winners of series eight, Collabro; and one of the most dangerous acts we’ve ever seen on the show, winner of Russia’s Got Talent, sword swallower Alex Magala.

Plus, dancing duo from series four, Twist and Pulse, former golden buzzer winning comedian Daliso Chaponda, magician Ben Hart and singing duo Bars and Melody.

Britain's Got Talent: The Champions will conclude next Saturday night at 8:30PM on ITV with the grand finale.

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