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'Round one' to Strictly in ratings war with X Factor

By Staff Reporter

Simon Cowell has conceded defeat in "round one" after The X Factor was beaten by the launch of Strictly Come Dancing when the two shows were screened in a Sunday night head-to-head clash.

Strictly's average audience of 8.4 million – who tuned in to see Sir Bruce Forsyth bow out, as well as the pairing of the celebrities with professional partners – was 800,000 ahead of its ITV rival.

Programme boss Cowell lamented the scheduling clash after the shows were both screened at 8pm.

"Round one to them," he said.

"Such a shame they were both on at the same time."

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