Strictly Demolished By X Factor Ratings

September 21, 2009 by  
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We like to call it ‘The Cheryl Effect’.

The much-hyped battle of the broadcasters seems to have been definitively settled.

This weekend’s Strictly Come Dancing debut has been walloped by The X Factor in the ratings war, with roughly 2 million more viewers tuning into the karoke contest over the dance-off.

The BBC provoked public outrage (ok, around 30 middle aged Watchdog viewers) when it decided to reschedule its premier prime time entertainment show to compete directly with The X Factor.

It was as bold a move as you’re likely to see in current TV, and while it may have succeeded in the publicity stakes and trumpeted the much-heralded arrival of Cheryl-lite Alesha Dixon as a new judge, it didn’t pan out so well on screen.

The X Factor attracted a peak audience of 10.7 million viewers, while Strictly only managed a high of 8.7 million.

But, while Susan Boyle may have escaped to the USA, we’re not putting our money on it until the fat lady sings.

The X Factor’s early audition rounds are always far more interesting than the live shows, while Strictly’s popularity only seems to strengthen as the talent is refined and the public straggler favourite is seen clinging on to the infuriation of the judges.

Have you heard the news about Strictly pariah Arlene hosting a rival dance show? Still craving your reality fix – why not catch up with our X Factor weekly round up?