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Strictly trounces X Factor in Saturday night ratings war

Published 16/10/2016

EMBARGOED TO 2025 SATURDAY OCTOBER 15 For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only Undated BBC handout photo of Judge Rinder during a dress rehearsal for tonight's edition of the BBC1 show, Strictly Come Dancing.
EMBARGOED TO 2025 SATURDAY OCTOBER 15 For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only Undated BBC handout photo of Judge Rinder during a dress rehearsal for tonight's edition of the BBC1 show, Strictly Come Dancing.

The number of viewers who tuned into ITV's X Factor on Saturday night dropped as the competition entered its second week of live performances.

An average of 5.8 million people watched the show compared to 6.2 million last Saturday.

Almost double that number tuned into rival BBC One show Strictly Come Dancing, making it the most popular live competition of the two for a second week running.

An average audience of 9.8 million opted for the dance show with a peak of 10.8 million and an audience share of 46.3% when it aired at 6.30pm, compared with a peak of 6.7 million and a share of 28% for The X Factor.

Results programmes for both shows will air on Sunday evening, with Strictly on BBC One at 7.15pm and The X Factor on ITV1 at 8pm.

Saturday's X Factor performances, with a Motown theme, received a mixed response from judges and viewers.

It began with a welcome back to girl group Four of Diamonds, who returned to the show after being eliminated the week before the live contest began.

The Strictly contestants, however, were one man down after singer Will Young made a shock departure from the programme for "personal reasons".

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