This week's performance show averaged 9.61m (42.6%) between 6pm and 7.20pm, peaking with 10.74m (46.3%) at 7pm. For the second week running, it avoided going up against The X Factor, which maintained its position as the number one programme on Saturday nights with an average of 10.19m (tying Strictly in share with 42.6%) over 90 minutes from 7.20pm. The peak audience was 11.2m (46.8%) at 8.05pm.
The X Factor's results show dipped slightly from its performance last week, averaging 8.32m (35.6%) between 9.35pm and 10.20pm. Sandwiched between the two halves, All Star Family Fortunes held on to 6.66m (28.4%).
ITV1's Strictly competition generally fell week-on-week, with You've Been Framed down almost 1m viewers to 4.15m (18.3%) and Harry Hill's TV Burp down 810,000 to 5.17m (22.3%).
Over on BBC One, the post-Merlin lineup of The National Lottery: Who Dares Wins and Casualty fared reasonably well despite being scheduled against the closing stages of X Factor, pulling in 4.55m (19.3%) and 5.22m (21.8%) respectively between 8pm and 9pm.
BBC Two's Coast had 1.47m (6.2%) in the hour from 7.05pm, and Inside the Saudi Kingdom averaged 1.71m (7.2%) between 8.05pm and 9.05pm. The channel's most popular show of the night was the extended version of Have I Got News For You, which averaged a respectable 2.07m (8.8%).
Channel 4 was boosted by Silent Hill, which averaged 1.07m (5.1%) from 9pm. Gordon Ramsay's Cookalong picked up from last week with 0.67m (2.8%), managing to hang on to more of its River Cottage Autumn lead-in, which had 0.84m (3.6%) from 7pm.
Five's back-to-back episodes of NCIS achieved 0.85m (3.6%) and 1.11m (4.6%) at 7.10pm and 8.05pm respectively, and CSI was on par with last week's performance with 1.37m (5.8%) at 9.05pm.
Overall, ITV1 had a 32.5% share during primetime (last week: 34.3%) to BBC One's 25.3% (23.9%). BBC Two stayed in third with 7.1% (8%) while Five dropped from 5.2% to 4.6%. Channel 4, however, managed to claw back from last week's 2.4% and posted a 4% average for the night.
Ratings data supplied by Attentional