Daily TV Marketplace - BBC One waltzes past X-Factor challenge

BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing maintained its top-spot in television’s battle for Saturday audiences – fending off ITV’s ailing X-Factor by around 2% of the overall market share.

The 8.20pm show of Strictly Come Dancing pulled in an audience of 8.2 million on Saturday night, a figure on par with the week before.

In comparison, X-Factor (8pm ITV) had 7.6 million viewers tune in – a 3% drop in share on previous week.

The second parts of both shows, featuring the unlucky losers voted out by the public, pulled in 7.4 million for X-Factor and 8.3 million for Strictly Come Dancing.

Fortunately for ITV1, I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here (9.45pm) pulled audiences back to the channel’s Saturday night, grabbing a share of 35.8%.

Meanwhile, BBC One’s effort to draw viewers to its own series of antipodean adventures saw Billy Connolly’s World Tour of New Zealand attract 4.9 million at 9.30pm.

The UK snooker championship on BBC Two entertained sports fans and brought the channel a share of 10.1% at 5.20pm on Saturday evening, with its coverage on Sunday afternoon and evening bringing in 2.1 and 1.8 million viewers respectively.

Channel 4’s weekend countdown of the 100 most successful films in the UK saw 2.1m viewers tune into The Ultimate Film (9pm) on Saturday night.

An addition 1 million viewers tuned in for the concluding episode on Sunday evening, at the earlier start time of 8pm.

However, the clear winner in the prime time schedules fell to the concluding episode of nostalgic drama Heartbeat at 8pm.

The drama drew 9.6m viewers to ITV1 on Sunday evening, leaving Elton John crooning to 4.7m viewers on BBC1 One in an Ivor Novella Tribute special.

Five’s Sunday night movies, Jack Frost, starring Michael Keaton (6pm), and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s The Running Man (9pm), captured a 9.7% and 8.1% share respectively.

Both contributed to the channel’s highest ratings of the weekend.

By Kunal Dutta

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