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Strictly Come Dancing final watched by 12 million

  • 18 December 2011
  • From the section UK
Aliona Vilani and Harry Judd
For the first time, the show was screened in 3D on the BBC HD channel

The BBC's Strictly Come Dancing final attracted 12 million viewers on Saturday, figures have shown.

The main programme drew an average 12.2 million while the later results show was watched by 11.8 million.

The figures were down slightly on the previous year, when a record-breaking 13 million viewed both shows.

It was won by McFly musician Harry Judd who beat Waterloo Road actress Chelsee Healey to lift the glitterball trophy at Blackpool's Tower Ballroom.

The main show drew a bigger proportion of the TV audience, 48%, than in 2010 (46%), and helped BBC1 to draw three times the peak time audience of ITV1.

Strictly's audience peaked with an audience of 13 million at the conclusion of the first show.

The figures marked an increase on those for the 2009 Strictly final which drew 10.1 million and 10.3 million for its shows.

For the first time, the show was screened in 3D on the BBC HD channel and at selected UK cinemas.

Declared the winner following public votes, Judd was also the judges' favourite, scoring a maximum of 40 points on two dances - his first of the series.

Singer Jason Donovan was eliminated and finished third after the first part of the contest.

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