Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Strictly beats X Factor in ratings

Strictly Come Dancing has beaten its rivals in the TV ratings battle (BBC/PA)

Strictly Come Dancing has taken the lead as it beat rival The X Factor in the Saturday night ratings battle.

Strictly's live show - in which model Abbey Clancy topped the leader board after all 15 couples had strutted their stuff - had an average 1.4 million viewers more than the singing contest.

And BBC1's popular show thrashed the final of ITV's celebrity dance show Stepping Out with an audience almost four times bigger.

Strictly had an average audience of 9.2 million viewers, which was half a million ahead of this stage of the contest last year.

The X Factor, which reached the boot camp stage, pulled in an average of 7.8 million (including viewers on the +1 catch-up channel), one million viewers down on last Saturday evening's show.

And Stepping Out drew just 2.3 million when it went up against Strictly, even though it had reached the climax of the series.

Strictly peaked at 10.2 million, while The X Factor had its peak at 8.8 million.

Charlotte Moore, controller of BBC1, said: "Saturday nights on BBC One are back in style, with over 10 million viewers tuning in for Strictly and new fantasy adventure drama series Atlantis off to a brilliant start."

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