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Saturday night ratings success for the X Factor

Viewing figures for the X Factor reached the highest so far on a Saturday night for this series.

The X Factor has drawn its biggest Saturday night audience of the series so far, ITV has said.

Saturday night’s episode was watched by an average of 6.3 million viewers.

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The X Factor Press Launch – London

Last Saturday night, the show had an average of 5.5 million people tuning in.

The series opener of the show drew six million for its first Saturday episode a few weeks ago, its lowest for a launch since its first year on screen in 2004.

Last weekend, the X Factor overlapped with its biggest ratings rival, Strictly Come Dancing, for a 40-minute period on the Saturday night.

The BBC One dancing series triumphed in the ratings as it launched to 8.8 million viewers.

The series takes a break for two weeks after the launch episode and only returns next weekend.

The first Sunday night instalment of the X Factor proved to be a ratings hit as it attracted 6.5 million viewers, which was higher than the Saturday (six million).

All ratings figures for ITV include people watching on ITV +1.

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