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9.7 million tune in to Strictly

Strictly Come Dancing continued to thrash its rival The X Factor on Saturday night after pulling in two million more viewers for a second week.

The BBC1 celebrity dance show had an average audience of 9.7 million last night, while the ITV programme commanded just 7.4 million, even including viewers of its catch-up +1 channel.

The X Factor was also down around 400,000 on the equivalent show in 2013, despite the return of Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini to the judging panel which was expected to provide a further boost this year.

Even X Factor's Halloween twist of an instant elimination - with Jack Walton sent packing - failed to produce a boost.

Strictly has been consistently ahead so far this series.

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