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'X Factor' hits 12.8m ratings high

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'X Factor' hits 12.8m ratings high
The X Factor hit a new audience high last night (Saturday) as the competition reached the quarter finals stage.

The latest performances show, which featured the final five contestants taking on the songs of special guest Britney Spears, averaged a mammoth 11.88m (46.1%) between 7.35pm and 9.15pm. The audience is up significantly on the 9.42m (38.5%) who saw the equivalent episode in 2007.

Last night's X Factor peak was 12.78m (49.2%) at 8.15pm. The later results show, in which Spears performed her new single and Ruth Lorenzo was voted off, pulled in 10.69m and a remarkable 50% audience share.

ITV2's The Xtra Factor logged a live stage series best of 1.38m (10%) in the hour from 10.45pm. The pre-results show averaged 622k (2.9%) against I'm A Celebrity on ITV1, which was up to a healthy 9.63m (40%).

Before The X Factor, New You've Been Framed! averaged 5.01m (21.1%) and Harry Hill's TV Burp had a laudable 6.7m (26.8%).

On BBC One, Strictly Come Dancing continued to perform respectably. This week's performances show averaged 9.8m (41.7%) between 6.05pm and 7.35pm, down slightly on last week's 10.16m (42.6%) series high. The peak audience was 11.17m (44.4%) at 7.15pm.

After Strictly, Merlin put in a decent 5.93m (23.1%) opposite The X Factor, but was down around 500k week-on-week. The National Lottery draw had 4.52m (17.8%) at 8.20pm, then Casualty notched up 4.68m (18.1%). Comedy Outnumbered followed at 9.20pm with 3.17m (13%).

ITV1's primetime share averaged out to 41%, up from 37.5% last week, while BBC One fell from 21.9% to 21.1%.

On BBC Two, new documentary After Rome: Holy War and Conquest - fronted by Boris Johnson - had a reasonable 1.81m (7%) from 8.05pm, then an extended edition of Have I Got News For You amused 2.23m (9%). The channel's share lifted from 6.2% to 6.5%.

Five's NCIS double bill brought in 900k (3.5%) and 1.26m (4.9%) from 7.25pm, then CSI: New York delivered an all-day high of 1.38m (5.8%). Law & Order: Criminal Intent followed with 997k (5.5%). The channel's overall share dropped from 5.1% to 4.5%.

Channel 4 had another disastrous night, dropping from an average share of 3.2% to just 2.6% in primetime. The concluding half of Animals in the Womb drew 0.54m (2.1%) from 7.05pm, then A Time Team Special: The Lost Dock Of Liverpool averaged 0.78m (3%). A repeat of Civil War drama The Devil's Whore picked up 0.62m (2.6%).

Ratings data supplied by Attentional

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