X Factor, Strictly and Cheryl Cole dominate the weekend's TV

'The X Factor', 'Strictly Come Dancing' and Cheryl Cole dominated TV viewing over the weekend with record audiences, according to unofficial overnight figures.

Cheryl Cole on 'Piers Morgan's 'Life Stories'
Cheryl Cole on 'Piers Morgan's 'Life Stories'

Last night’s instalment of ‘The X Factor’ had a peak audience of 15 million on ITV1 and ITV1 HD, or a 50% share of the TV watching audience, up from 14.7 million for the equivalent show in 2009.

John Adeleye became the latest contestant to be kicked out in a show that had an average audience of 13.6 million on ITV1 or ITV1 HD, 48% share of the TV watching audience.

The ‘Strictly Come Dancing Results’ show had an average audience of 9.9 million on BBC One and BBC HD between 7.30pm and 8pm last night, a 37% share of the TV watching audience.

Costume drama ‘Downton Abbey, starring Maggie Smith, had an average audience of 8.8 million on ITV1 and ITV1 HD, a 33% share of the TV watching audience, from 9pm to 10.05pm.

ITV1 had an average of 8.6 million viewers, a 33% share of the TV watching audience, from 7pm to 10.30pm, compared to 5.6 million, or a 22% share, for BBC One.

BBC drama ‘Single Father’ starring David Tennant had an average audience of 4.1 million on BBC One and BBC HD between 9pm and 10pm, a 15.2% share of the TV watching audience.

The Saturday episode of ‘The X Factor’, where the contestants sing songs picked by their mentors, had a peak audience of 13.7 million across ITV1 and ITV1 HD, a 53% share of the TV watching audience.

Between 7.45pm and 10pm the average audience for the ‘The X Factor’ was 12 million across ITV1 and ITV1 HD, a 47% share of the TV watching audience and 500,000 more viewers than the equivalent episode last year.

The live show was followed by a revealing interview with one of the judges in ‘Piers Morgan’s Life Stories: Cheryl Cole’, which had a peak audience of 7.8 million across ITV1 and ITV1 HD.

The show had an average audience of 7.2 million across ITV1 and ITV1 HD, a 34% share of the available audience, between 10pm and 11pm, which a spokesman for ITV said made it the most watched Life Stories ever.

Between 6pm and 7.45pm ‘Strictly Come Dancing', the BBC’s sparkle-filled celebrity contest, had an average audience of 9.6 million people on BBC One and BBC HD, a 42% share of the TV watching audience.

The first episode of Channel 4’s big new US drama, ‘The Event’, had a 8.6% share between 9pm and 10pm, behind police drama ‘New Tricks’ with 30.5% on BBC One and ‘Paul O’Grady Live’ on ITV1 with 14.1%.

The initial instalment of ‘The Event’ had an average audience of 2.3 million across Channel 4 and Channel 4+1.

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