RATINGS Strictly Come Dancing tops X Factor's viewing figures once again

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Strictly Come Dancing 2017 climbed to a new high in last night's viewing figures.

On BBC One, the fifth round of live Strictly Come Dancing performances ran between 6:35PM and 8:20PM as the twelve remaining celebrity couples all performed once more.

An average audience of 10.3 million viewers tuned in, a series high and up 300,000 viewers on last weekend's previous record.

A whopping peak audience of more than 11.2 million viewers watched the live show, which was also up on 2016's equivalent episode.

Over on ITV, The X Factor's first round of judges' houses ran between 8:20PM and 10:20PM, avoiding Strictly Come Dancing for the first time in more than a month.

Viewing numbers were up on last weekend, rising 200,000 viewers to 5.7 million, a significant rise compared to the rating of 4.8 million viewers for the end of bootcamp.

However year-on-year comparisons see The X Factor remain down, with last year's judges' houses scoring 6.8 million viewers.

Both Strictly and The X Factor will return to TV tonight, and this time there will be a full on clash between the two.

Tonight's Strictly Come Dancing's results - which were pre-recorded last night - will run between 7:15PM and 8PM.

The X Factor meanwhile will be running slightly earlier, getting a head start on its rival as it airs between 7PM and 9PM.

Elsewhere last night, on ITV, Cannonball and The Celebrity Chase continued to be trounced by Strictly on the other side with 1.7 million and 2.5 million viewers respectively earlier in the evening.

Meanwhile, on BBC One, Casualty hit 5 million viewers while new three part drama Gunpowder began with 4.8 million.

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