Strictly Come Dancing once again triumphed in the Saturday night ratings battle as the show was broadcast live from Wembley Arena for the first time in series history.

The BBC1 show had a peak audience of 12.5m viewers, who saw the eight remaining couples compete in front of a 6,000 strong crowd – and featured such highlights as Russell Grant shooting out of a giant cannon at the start of his jive.

Meanwhile the X Factor had a peak audience of 11.5m for its movie-themed night – with a further 400,000 viewers watching the show on ITV+1.

Strictly had an average viewing figure of 11.4m – giving it an audience share of 43.7 per cent, while The X Factor’s average audience was 10.2m – a 38.3 per cent audience share.

“We are absolutely delighted that so many viewers tuned in to watch our Wembley special, making it the most watched show of the week by far,” a BBC spokeswoman said.

I’m A Celebrity, which followed The X Factor, also fared well, with an audience of around 8.6m tuning in.

An ITV spokesman added, “The X Factor continues to be the biggest show on television across the autumn, and ITV1 was again the most watched channel across Saturday peak time.”