In the “contest within contests” — the ratings game — Strictly Come Dancing is slightly edging out X Factor fans by two million viewers. 2 million viewers is quite an edge, to say the least. This could be due to the more mature audience that Strictly Come Dancing attracts which is the largest segment of the British viewing public. Simon Cowell isn’t very happy about this, but with over 6 million viewers, he isn’t exactly sad either. He still stands to make a tremendous amount of money off of X Factor whether one of his acts wins the competition or not.
Strictly Come Dancing has beaten rival talent show The X Factor by two million viewers, according to overnight ratings – the biggest gap of the season so far.
The BBC One and ITV shows only overlapped for 20 minutes on Saturday, from 20:00 BST.
Strictly attracted an average of 9.4 million viewers, while The X Factor drew 7.4 million. The viewing figures do not include catch-up services.
Both shows dominated viewing in their timeslots.
BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing attracted 42.8% of the viewing public from 18:30-20:20 BST. Between 20:00-22:10 BST, 32.4% of TV viewers watched ITV’s long-running talent show.
On Strictly, singer Pixie Lott finished at the top of the leader board, receiving 35 points for her samba with Trent Whiddon, just ahead of presenter Caroline Flack.
Judy Murray found herself at the bottom of the pile, with just 18 points for her Charleston with Anton Du Beke.
However, it was rugby star Thom Evans who was voted off after the judges failed to agree.
Evans and his partner Iveta Lukosiute ended up in the dance-off opposite Blue star Simon Webbe and Kristina Rihanoff following the public vote.
Both Craig Revel Horwood and Darcey Bussell chose to save Evans, while Bruno Tonioli opted to save Webbe. Head judge Len Goodman chose Webbe to stay, saying he and Rihanoff had “the cleanest footwork”.
Meanwhile on The X Factor, Jake Quickenden was voted off after losing the sing-off to the band Only The Young.
His cover of Daniel Merriweather’s Red failed to impress the judges, with Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini voting to send him home and leaving his mentor Mel B in tears.
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X Factor isn’t attracting as many viewers as Strictly Come Dancing but both shows are tremendously popular. Dancing and singing competitions are at their peak these days and will be for the foreseeable future. However the biggest problem is with X Factor. Some are asking if Britain has run out of singers because the talent in this year’s X Factor doesn’t appear as good as previous years. While the show has produced mega-stars in the past, some doubt if that will continue. Do you think this year’s X Factor contestants are in the same caliber as in previous years?