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Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly present Strictly Come Dancing

Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly present Strictly Come Dancing

Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly present Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly Come Dancing came out on top in the battle for Saturday night viewers when the BBC One show went head-to-head with ITV1's The X Factor.

Overnight figures showed the ballroom dancing show had 9.6 million viewers when it finished at 8.15pm, while The X Factor, which was 30 minutes into the show at that point, had 8.8 million.

A source close to X Factor supremo Simon Cowell said he was "happy" with the show, which enjoyed a higher peak audience than its BBC rival.

The source said: "He has deliberately left the UK show to run without him and he absolutely trusts the team to do a great job. Simon is very happy with how they are all doing and thinks all the judges are doing a fantastic job too."

A BBC spokesman said programme-makers were "delighted" with the viewing figures for Strictly.

He said: "It is great that more and more viewers keep tuning in to enjoy what is turning out to be a fantastic series."

A spokesman for ITV said The X Factor had a peak audience of 11.9 million on Saturday night.

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He said: "The X Factor continued to be the UK's most-watched entertainment show and ITV1 was the most popular channel across peak time."

Sunday's results show, which saw boyband Nu Vibe booted off, had a peak audience of 13.5 million.


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