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ITV's 'X Factor' ratings continue to slide

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The X Factor's audience took another tumble yesterday, despite topping the Saturday overnight ratings for ITV.

Last night's hour-long instalment, which featured Geri Halliwell on the judging panel, averaged 7.7m (33.9%) from 8.10pm and added 512k (2.4%) on ITV1 +1.
Combining +1, the figures represent a 2.9m drop on last year's equivalent episode. Interestingly, ITV2's The Xtra Factor grew to 1.08m (5%) from 9pm.

Doctor Who's 'Dinosaurs on a Spaceship', guest starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb as robots, drew 5.48m (26.2%) for BBC One at 7.35pm.

The National Lottery: Secret Fortune (2.95m/13%) and Last Night of the Proms (3.21m/15.7%) followed Who on the corporation's flagship channel, while 2.81m (17.2%) watched Total Wipeout at 6.30pm.

Ant & Dec presenting Red or Black
Back on ITV, Red or Black?'s first edition remained roughly flat with 3.17m (15.2%) at 7.25pm, then 3.63m (16.3%) watched the gameshow's £1.5 million giveaway at 9.10pm (+1: 173k/0.9%). The Jonathan Ross Show managed 2.96m (15%) in the 10pm slot, appealing to a further 213k (1.8%) on ITV1 +1.

The penultimate day of the Paralympics attracted 2.33m (11.2%) to Channel 4 between 7pm and 10.30pm, while CSI: Miami anchored Channel 5's schedule with 1.14m (5.2%) at 9.10pm (+1: 101k/0.6%).

After three years off screen, The Thick of It's much-anticipated return to BBC Two amused 1.17m (5.5%) at 9.45pm. Earlier on, the Proms scored 1.24m (5.8%), QI XL had 1.35m (6.1%) and a classic Dad's Army mustered 1.89m (11.1%).

Overall, ITV1 beat BBC One in primetime with 21% (+1: 1.1%) versus 17.6%. Channel 4 claimed third place with 10.8% (+1: 0.2%), ahead of BBC Two's 5.9%, and Channel 5's 3.3% (+1: 0.3%).

As well as The Xtra Factor, a catchup of Thursday's Celebrity Juice performed well for ITV2, taking 634k (3.3%) at 10.10pm (+1: 204k/1.9%).

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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