The X Factor triumphs over Strictly in Saturday night ratings for first time this year
The X Factor has triumphed in the Saturday night ratings for the first time this year (Picture: REX/BBC)

The X Factor has drawn its biggest Saturday night audience of the series so far after being pipped to the post by Strictly Come Dancing’s launch weekend.

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After previously being beaten to the finish line by Strictly Come Dancing, Saturday night’s X Factor episode was watched by an average of 6.3 million viewers.

The figures are a leap from the previous Saturday’s show which had an average of 5.5 million people tuning in.

Strictly Come Dancing beats The X Factor in the big weekend ratings
The X Factor has pulled up from its ratings slump (Picture: ITV)

The viewing figures have been sporadic, with The X Factor’s opening show achieving six million viewers compared to Strictly’s figure of 8.8 million – a whopping three million more viewers.

It was the lowest figure recorded for The X Factor since 2004 when the show began.

Strictly takes a break for two weeks after the launch episode and will return September 23.

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Brian Connelly and the Strictly cast have had a thumbs up from the public this year (Picture: BBC)

Sunday nights for The X Factor however have been a hit, with the first Sunday night instalment a ratings hit, as it attracted 6.5 million viewers, more than the Saturday.

The war between the two titanic shows continues.

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