Strictly Come Dancing once again scored an easy victory in the Saturday night ratings war as it once again beat The X Factor by more than 2m viewers.

According to overnight estimates Saturday’s edition of the BBC One show pulled in an average audience of 10.3m – its second highest so far this series – compared to the 8.2m who watched the quarter final of The X Factor.

The figures for the ITV1 show also include those who watched the programme later on the catch-up service ITV+1 – with the audience still down 2m from the same stage of the 2011 series.

The figure is also considerably lower than the 2010 series of the show – the last to feature Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole – which at this stage was pulling in an average audience of 13.6m

Saturday’s Strictly saw Denise Van Outen once again notch up another 10 from judge Bruno Tonioli, and drop just three points in total for her American Smooth with partner James Jordan.

The X Factor – still reeling from the shock departure of Ella Henderson last weekend – delivered a show which saw the remaining five acts perform both an Abba classic and a Motown song.