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X Factor ratings recover with 8.4m for final results show

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Image caption Louisa Johnson is the youngest X Factor winner at 17.

The X Factor results show was watched by an average of 8.4m on Sunday, an improvement on recent ratings but still down on last year's final figure.

The audience peaked at 9.7m when the winner was announced at 21.55GMT. Two other peaks occurred when One Direction (9.1m) and Adele performed (9.2m).

Last year's average audience for the results show was 9.1m but this included +1 figures.

X Factor's Saturday show was watched by an average of 5.9m.

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Image caption Anita Rani was eliminated from Strictly on Sunday.

In recent weeks, the X Factor has struggled to get past the 7 million mark, dipping to 6.71 million for last week's semi-final.

The ITV show has consistently been beaten by BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing this year.

Sunday's Strictly semi-final results show, which saw Anita Rani eliminated, was seen by an average of 10.8m.

The audience peaked at 11.7m.

Next week's final will see The Wanted singer Jay McGuinness, BBC Proms and Radio 3 presenter Katie Derham, EastEnders' Kellie Bright and former Coronation Street star Georgia May Foote compete for the Strictly crown.

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