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X Factor loses ratings war with Strictly Come Dancing stars

By David Mercer

Strictly Come Dancing scored a further ratings victory as it beat rival The X Factor for a second night running.

Saturday's edition of the BBC1 dance contest pulled in an average audience of 8.1 million, while the ITV singing show drew 7.7 million, including viewers of its +1 catch-up channel.

But Strictly was actually down by more than a million on the 9.2 million who tuned in to see the second instalment of the series' launch last year. The dance show's launch on Friday had 700,000 more viewers than The X Factor, after ITV unusually opted to screen an extra edition in a head-to-head clash. Simon Cowell's show was left with one of its lowest ever audiences, with just 5.8 million.

Saturday's X Factor, with the series at the "boot camp" stage, was almost on a par with the 2013 equivalent edition which drew 7.8 million.

Strictly viewers saw pop star Frankie Bridge achieve the highest score this year, after she impressed the judges with a waltz to Adele's Someone Like You.

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