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Strictly Come Dancing’s Blackpool special thrashes X Factor with nearly 12 million viewers

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(Image credit: BBC/Guy Levy)

Simon Cowell told Honey G "I love you" on The X Factor… Strictly Come Dancing fans proved they love the celebrity dance contest much, much more

Strictly Come Dancing continues to put its best foot forward in the ratings department as it blew rival show The X Factor out of the water, attracting nearly five million more viewers than the ITV show on average on Saturday night.

The Blackpool special of the popular BBC One celebrity dancing contest enjoyed its highest peak audience figure for the current series with 11.9 million viewers, while it pulled in an average of 10.7 million viewers.

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Louise and Kevin's Blackpool paso doble wowed viewers (Image credit: BBC/Guy Levy)

The dazzling dance routines by celebrity Strictly contestants such as Louise Redknapp and Danny Mac meant the show had a 47.9% audience share.

According to the BBC, this means it was the most watched show on television in the UK on Saturday.

The X Factor may not have trumped Strictly but it is holding steady as it was watched by 5.9 million people, with a peak viewing figure of 7.2 million.

ITV reports the show, which saw singers performing hits from the movies, was watched by six million viewers.

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Miserable Martin is part of I'm A Celebrity's ratings success

Meanwhile, the jungle escapades in I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! are proving popular as it enjoyed a viewing figure of eight million and a peak of 8.5 million.

The addition of two new celebrities – Danny Baker and Martin Roberts – in the jungle camp has seen things hot up as the first argument broke out.

The two new arrivals had a verbal spat as Homes Under The Hammer presenter Martin felt that Danny was bragging about his success after leading the team that won "The Hungry Games" live trial.


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