Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

BBC and ITV in tied in ratings

Russell Grant and Flavia Cacace from BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, which tied with ITV's X Factor over viewer figures (BBC/PA)

The BBC and ITV were tied on Saturday night as both Strictly Come Dancing and X Factor attracted 11.8 million viewers.

The two big Saturday night entertainment shows saw a massive share of the audience tune in to enjoy the BBC's Strictly and ITV's X Factor.

ITV said 11.8M viewers watched the singing show and then another 300,000 viewers tuned in to watch it an hour later on ITV1+1, an improvement of 1.1m viewers from the previous week.

A BBC spokeswoman said at Strictly's viewing peak of 11.8M, the channel had a 45.7% share of the television audience.

ITV1's live coverage of England's 1-0 win over Spain peaked with 8.8M viewers and Piers Morgan's Life Stories interview with Paul Gascoigne peaked with 5.5M.

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