Ratings boost for Strictly during Blackpool week

For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only BBC handout photo dated 17/11/18 of presenters Claudia Winkleman (left) and
For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only BBC handout photo dated 17/11/18 of presenters Claudia Winkleman (left) and Tess Daly on Saturday's Strictly Come Dancing live show from Blackpool on BBC One.

Strictly Come Dancing had a boost in the ratings, thanks to its annual Blackpool episode.

Saturday night’s programme, broadcast live from the Blackpool Tower Ballroom, drew an average of 10.2 million viewers and a peak of 11.3 million in the overnight ratings, the BBC said.

The episode, considered the most highly-anticipated and glamorous of the series, had an audience share of 48.6%.

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Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev (Guy Levy/PA)

This is an increase from last week’s episode, which had 9.9 million on average, and the previous week, which had an average of 9.5 million viewers.

The last time a Saturday night edition of Strictly scored as highly in the ratings was in mid-October, when Seann Walsh and his partner Katya Jones performed for the first time after they were pictured kissing.

That episode drew an average of 10.6 million viewers and peaked at 11.9 million viewers.

Strictly’s Blackpool episode saw Pussycat Dolls star Ashley Roberts and her partner Pasha Kovalev score the first perfect score of the year, 40 points for their jive.

Over on ITV, The X Factor pulled in an average of four million viewers with a peak of 4.7 million.

It was the most-watched programme on ITV of the night, and saw an increase of 200,000 viewers from last week.

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