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For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only. BBC handout photo of Sir Bruce Forsyth striking the Usain Bolt pose during the recording in London of the first programme in this year's Strictly Come Dancing. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday September 15, 2012. See PA story SHOWBIZ Strictly Bruce. Photo credit should read: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: Not for use more than 21 days after issue. You may use this picture without charge only for the purpose of publicising or reporting on current BBC programming, personnel or other BBC output or activity within 21 days of issue. Any use after that time MUST be cleared through BBC Picture Publicity. Please credit the image to the BBC and any named photographer or independent programme maker, as described in the caption.

For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only. BBC handout photo of Sir Bruce Forsyth striking the Usain Bolt pose during the recording in London of the first programme in this year's Strictly Come Dancing. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday September 15, 2012. See PA story SHOWBIZ Strictly Bruce. Photo credit should read: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: Not for use more than 21 days after issue. You may use this picture without charge only for the purpose of publicising or reporting on current BBC programming, personnel or other BBC output or activity within 21 days of issue. Any use after that time MUST be cleared through BBC Picture Publicity. Please credit the image to the BBC and any named photographer or independent programme maker, as described in the caption.

Strictly Come Dancing hammered rival The X Factor by pulling in just over a million more viewers.

Strictly's almost two-hour show landed an average audience of 9.9 million viewers, while the ITV1 singing contest could offer up just 8.8 million - even including viewers of its catch-up +1 channel.

It is the latest ratings woe for X Factor which has struggled to match its audience numbers for previous years. Saturday night's programme was 400,000 down on the previous Saturday's performance, and 1.3 million down on the equivalent show last year.

Strictly's audience peaked at 11.3 million on BBC1. The X Factor's 130-minute show managed a peak of 10.2 million, despite the publicity surrounding last week's controversy about judge Louis Walsh taking the elimination to deadlock during last Sunday's show.

PA