Strictly Come Dancing has beaten X Factor in the ratings for the second week running as the two shows went head to head on Saturday night.

The BBC One show had a million more viewers during the time when the two programmes overlapped at 8pm – while The X Factor’s audience was 2m lower than it had been during the equivalent show in 2010.

And unlike previous years in which The X Factor’s viewing figures have risen throughout the series, Saturday’s show pulled in an average audience of 10.1m.

However it was Strictly which once again triumphed when both shows were on at the same time – with 9.5m viewers watching the antics on the dancefloor at that time compared to the 8.3m who were watching The X Factor as it began.

The gap was also narrowed with the peak audiences for both shows, with The X Factor viewing figures reaching the 11.5m mark and Strictly just behind on 11m.

The BBC reported earlier this week that the current series of the show – which features the likes of Russell Grant, Nancy dell’Olio, Jason Donovan and Holly Valance battling it out on the dancefloor – has gained a million viewers, while reports suggest X Factor has lost around 300,000 of its audience.

“As far as we are concerned we are absolutely delighted by our figures and delighted that more people are tuning in to see our celebrity dancers each week,” a BBC spokeswoman said of the figures.

And an ITV spokesman said of X Factor’s audience, “11.5 million viewers watched last night’s show as The X Factor continued to be the most popular programme on Saturday night television.”

Saturday’s Strictly Come Dancing saw Chelsee Healey top the judges’ scoreboard with her quickstep with partner Pasha Kovalev, while McFly’s Harry Judd scored the first 10 of the series for his waltz with Aliona Vilani.

However The X Factor’s rock night was punctuated by arguments among the judges over certain acts, while Tulisa and Louis Walsh accused Misha B of ‘bullying’ other contestants.