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'The X Factor' climbs to 11.3m

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Saturday's X Factor pulled in a hefty 11.3m as the competition entered the Boot Camp stage, early viewing figures show.

Between 7.30pm and 9pm, 10.69m (44%) watched the talent show on ITV1, while 589k chose HD, earning a total of 11.28m (46.4%) - up 210k week-on-week. The X Factor peaked with 11.98m (47.3%) in the last 15 minutes.

BBC One's Merlin also saw a rise in its audience, picking up 5.23m (23.7%) after benefiting from an earlier 7pm start away from X Factor. Prior to that, Celebrity Total Wipeout amused 3.93m (22.2%).

All Star Family Fortunes put in 4.72m (22.9%) for ITV1, plus a further 131k for ITV2, making a complete figure of 4.85m (23.5%) between 6.45pm and 7.30pm. Post-X Factor, Simply Red: For The Last Time appealed to 4.66m (20.9%), and 266k on HD, making a complete figure of 4.93m (22%).

The National Lottery: In It To Win It was seen by 3.76m (15.6%) on BBC One at 7.45pm, then Casualty gripped 4.65m (19.3%) at 8.30pm, and Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow followed that with 4.5m (20.8%). Following a news update, Match Of The Day scored 3.98m (27.1%), way ahead of ITV1's screening of Knocked Up which had 1.99m (11.9%).

BBC Two's snooker coverage secured 1.21m (5.1%) for two hours, then 1.79m (7.9%) and 1.34m (6.3%) caught QI XL and Mock The Week. The Rob Brydon Show and TOTP2 School Days won 1.33m (7.1%) and 1m (7%) in the 10pm hour.

Elsewhere last night, Channel 4 performed terribly: My Family's Crazy Gap Year put in 557k (2.5%) at 7pm, Stephen Hawking's Universe intrigued 816k (3.3%) an hour later, and a screening of Collateral mustered 887k (4.4%) from 9pm.

Five's early evening film The Sea Wolves averaged 818k (4.2%) between 5.45pm and 8pm, after which NCIS grabbed 901k (3.6%). From 9pm, a double bill of CSI took 859k (3.8%) and 931k (4.9%).

Overall, ITV1 secured an easy primetime win against BBC One, with 29.3% (HD: 1.5%) to 20.7%. BBC Two was third with 6%, Five followed with 4%, and Channel 4 was last with 3.6%.

Over on the multichannels, ITV's digital channels performed well, as The Xtra Factor and a repeat of Celebrity Juice catch-up logged 909k (4.1%) and 577k (3%) for ITV2, and a repeat of Midsomer Murders notched up 682k (2.9%) for ITV3.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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