Strictly Come Dancing continues to thrash The X Factor in the ratings, with in excess of two million more viewers on Saturday night.
The BBC1 dance show landed an average audience of 10.3 million – the second highest of this series – who saw Denise Van Outen once more top the judges’ leader board with her American Smooth.
ITV1’s singing contest pulled in an average 8.2 million – even including viewers of its +1 catch-up channel – continuing its lacklustre ratings for this year.
The programme is down two million viewers on last year’s contest at this stage. And there is a massive fall when compared with ratings for 2010, with the show dropping by more than five million.
The equivalent X Factor edition two years ago – show boss Simon Cowell’s last series on screen – landed an average audience of 13.6 million viewers.
Ratings have slumped since Cowell exited the UK programme to concentrate on his US version.
Last week saw X Factor favourite Ella Henderson axed from the programme when she drew the lowest number of viewer votes.
Last week it emerged that the programme backed off a direct challenge for the Christmas number one by releasing the winner’s single a week earlier than normal. Instead it will come out on December 9, following the final that night.