Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Strictly winning ratings battle

Strictly Come Dancing has stretched its lead in the ratings war with X Factor by more than two million - its biggest for six years.

X Factor's ratings woes continued with the ITV1 show pulling in an average of only 7.8 million - even including viewers watching on the +1 catch-up channel - which is also two million behind the equivalent show last year.

The audience has plummeted by four million compared to this stage in 2010, the last series featuring show boss Simon Cowell on the judging panel.

Strictly Come Dancing on BBC pulled in a 9.8 million average, which is 200,000 up on the previous week.

The show's lead over X Factor is believed to be the biggest for around six years.

In Saturday night's Strictly Come Dancing show Denise Van Outen waltzed back to the top of the leaderboard.

The TV presenter and actress reclaimed the top spot with a romantic Viennese waltz to the famous Etta James song At Last after losing her number one spot to gymnast Louis Smith last week.

Denise and her dance partner James Jordan achieved a score of 35, narrowly edging out Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh and Tracy Beaker star Dani Hamer, who both scored 33.

But Olympic gymnastics hero Louis remained the bookies' favourite despite finishing out of the podium positions on this week's leaderboard.

His samba to Ricky Martin's La Bomba with partner Flavia Cacace, prompted judge Bruno Tonioli to brand him "the king of hypnotic pelvic gyration".

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