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'X Factor' Jacko week draws 12.4m

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'X Factor' Jacko week draws 12.4m
The X Factor semi-final performances show drew a solid 12.36m (49.5%) for ITV1 between 8pm and 9.30pm on Saturday night, early figures suggest.

The latest instalment, which saw the remaining four contestants perform Michael Jackson songs, was up slightly on the previous week's ratings and up significantly on the 9.72m (39.2%) who saw the equivalent episode of last year's series.

ITV2's The Xtra Factor logged 769k (3.6%) in the hour after the ITV1 show.

Earlier on ITV1, Totally You've Been Framed! pulled in 4.85m (21.3%) between 6.30pm and 7.30pm, then highlights show Harry Hill's the Best Of TV Burp managed 6.16m (25.3%).

Later, Rod Stewart: One Night Only appealed to 5.27m (24%).

The latest episode of Merlin delivered a steady 5.3m (26.2%) for BBC One at 5.55pm, then at 6.40pm, the latest Strictly Come Dancing performances show averaged 8.93m (37.9%) over 90 minutes. The Lottery draw had 4.57m (18.6%), then a visit to Casualty interested 4.16m (16.5%).

The Impressions Show With Culshaw and Stephenson took 3.9m (16%) at 9.10pm, then half an hour later, the Strictly Come Dancing results show, during which Laila Rouass and Anton Du Beke were voted off, logged 7.34m (31.2%).

Channel 4's screening of action sequel Speed 2: Cruise Control averaged 750k (3%) between 7.20pm and 9.40pm, then supernatural thriller Premonition grew the audience to 1.19m (6.2%).

Five's evening of US crime dramas started with NCIS, which picked up 778k (3.2%) at 7.20pm. CSI: NY followed with 788k (3.1%), then CSI had 901k (3.8%) and Law & Order: SVU had 886k (4.6%). CSI: NY rounded out the night with 871k (7.1%).

BBC Two's rerun of 1983 spy drama An Englishman Abroad averaged 800k (3.3%) between 7.20pm and 8.25pm, then a double-bill of monologue series Talking Heads had 1.06m (4.2%) and 1.25m (5%). Being Alan Bennett - a profile of the veteran writer - followed with 1.27m (5.6%).

Overall, ITV1 was comfortably ahead in primetime with an average share of 34.2% to BBC One's 26.2%. BBC Two was third with 4.4%, followed by Channel 4 with 3.8% (+1: 0.6%) and Five with 3.5%.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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