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Thursday 25 December 2014

Strictly still beating The X Factor

Denise Van Outen again topped the leaders board on Strictly
Denise Van Outen again topped the leaders board on Strictly
Denise Van Outen again topped the leaders board on Strictly

Strictly Come Dancing continues to thrash The X Factor in the ratings, with in excess of two million more viewers on Saturday night.

The BBC1 dance show landed an average audience of 10.3 million - the second highest of this series - who saw Denise Van Outen once more top the judges' leader board with her American Smooth.

ITV1's singing contest pulled in an average 8.2 million - even including viewers of its +1 catch-up channel - continuing its lacklustre ratings for this year.

The programme is down two million viewers on last year's contest at this stage. And there is a massive fall when compared with ratings for 2010, with the show dropping by more than five million.

The equivalent X Factor edition two years ago - show boss Simon Cowell's last series on screen - landed an average audience of 13.6 million viewers.

Ratings have slumped since Cowell exited the UK programme to concentrate on his US version.

Last week saw X Factor favourite Ella Henderson axed from the programme when she drew the lowest number of viewer votes.

Last week it emerged that the programme backed off a direct challenge for the Christmas number one by releasing the winner's single a week earlier than normal. Instead it will come out on December 9, following the final that night.

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