Strictly ratings soar to new high ahead of X Factor

Strictly Come Dancing has once again trounced The X Factor in the Saturday night ratings as it picked up its highest audience of the series yet.

According to overnight figures, the Halloween edition of the BBC One show was seen by a massive 10m viewers – a huge 44 per cent share of the TV audience – between 6.30 and 8.15pm.

And its peak audience was even more impressive, with the show reaching a high of 11.1m viewers.

By contrast The X Factor’s disco night picked up an average audience of 7.65m between 8pm and 9.40pm on ITV – while a further 231,000 watched the show an hour later on the catch-up service ITV+1.

Strictly has consistently triumphed over X Factor in the ratings since the two shows began going head to head in the Saturday schedules last month.

The two shows have largely avoided each other in the schedules although have overlapped slightly – with this weekend’s Strictly ending at 8.15pm, 15 minutes after X Factor had begun.

Saturday’s X Factor was the first show this series not to feature the new ‘flash vote’ – which saw the least popular act from a voting window on Saturday night automatically face Sunday’s sing-off.

The vote this week was replaced by a performance from Nile Rodgers and Chic – sparking speculation it may be dropped altogether.

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