Overnight ratings once again show that both programmes were split by almost two million viewers.
Strictly's first results of the series were watched by 8.2 million between 7:15PM and 8PM.
The X Factor meanwhile ran between 7:30PM and 9PM and averaged 6.4 million.
Year-on-year Strictly, which peaked with 8.6 million viewers last night, was up 400,000.
On the other hand The X Factor, which peaked at 7.7 million, was down 800,000 viewers on 2015's episode on the same day, although this was a part of bootcamp.
However even when compared to the (then live) Sunday judges' houses results from last year, last night was down 200,000 viewers.
There was no Strictly last weekend but X Factor dropped 700,000 viewers on last Sunday.
But it wasn't all bad for ITV, with the channel winning the 9PM slot against BBC One with a drama head-to-head.
Victoria continued with 5 million viewers, edging out Poldark's 4.6 million.