Strictly final scores audience of over 12m

More than 12m people tuned in to the Strictly Come Dancing final on Saturday night, according to official figures.

The first half of the final, which saw Harry Judd, Chelsee Healey and Jason Donovan compete for the Glitterball trophy, drew an average audience of 12.2m, while 11.8m tuned in to the second half at 9pm, in which Jason finished in third place and Harry was crowned series champion.

The figures were down slightly on 2010’s final, when both the first and second half of the final were watched by an audience of around 13m.

And the audience was also slightly lower than that of last weekend’s X Factor final, which saw around 13.1m people tuning in. However figures for that final were around 4m less than they were in 2010.

The show also grabbed a bigger audience share – 48 per cent – than it did in 2010 when its audience share peaked at 46 per cent, and saw the BBC pull in three times more viewers than ITV, who showed Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix and a Westlife special.

And the viewing figures were considerably higher than they were for the 2009 final, when just over 10m people tuned in.