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Strictly Come Dancing beats X Factor in ratings battle

Anton Du Beke and Nancy Dell'Olio
Image caption Nancy Dell'Ollio (right) was voted off Strictly on Sunday night

BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing beat ITV1's X Factor on Saturday night with an average of 10.2 million viewers, according to overnight figures.

The X Factor averaged 9.6 million viewers, while its average last week was 10.1 million, beating Strictly.

The celebrity ballroom dancing show was the most watched programme on Saturday evening.

Nancy Dell'Ollio was voted off Strictly and Sophie Habibis lost her X Factor place on Sunday's results shows.

The BBC also beat ITV1 with its peak audience share on Saturday - at 19:45 BST, 11.3 million viewers were watching Strictly.

X Factor's peak audience share was 10.1 million at 20:45 BST.

The musical talent show has changed its judging line-up this year, with Simon Cowell absent for the first time and replaced by Gary Barlow.

N-Dubz star Tulisa Contostavlos and former Destiny's Child singer, Kelly Rowland, replaced Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole.

Rowland was absent from this weekend's shows due to illness, and replaced by former X Factor winner Alexandra Burke.

Sunday night's results show saw X Factor's ratings rally to 13.8 million viewers - making it the most-watched programme of the weekend.

Both Strictly Come Dancing and X Factor had a Halloween theme.

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