Strictly’s 2017 series on track to be biggest in show’s history

Strictly Come Dancing’s final achieved 2017’s highest overnight ratings.

A massive 11.6 million viewers tuned in to watch as Joe McFadden was crowned the winner of the BBC dance competition.

The consolidated average audience for the series so far is 11.1 million, meaning it is on track to become the biggest and most popular year for the show to date.

At 55.9%, the show had the biggest overnight audience share for a finale in its history and the highest share for an episode of Strictly this year.

BBC director of content Charlotte Moore said: “This year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing has surpassed all expectations and is on track to become the biggest in the show’s history, with the final reaching the top spot as the highest rating overnight of 2017.

“It’s brought joy to millions of all ages and I couldn’t be more proud of this distinctive show.

“I would like to congratulate this year’s champions Joe and Katya (Jones), and thank the cast of 2017 and the entire Strictly family both on-and-off screen for making this such a memorable and record-breaking series.”