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Ella Henderson, James Arthur bottom two boosts 'X Factor' ratings

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The X Factor's ratings increased for the battle of last night's (November 18) controversial bottom two, Ella Henderson and James Arthur.

Some 9.44 million (33.3%) watched the singing contest's results show from 8pm (+1: 198,000), with a peak of nearly 11m gripped by the show's climax which saw Henderson leave the competition to the anger of mentor Tulisa Contostavlos.

The X Factor: Dermot, Ella and James

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The Xtra Factor followed on ITV2 with 787k (2.8%), achieving double last week's average, and overtaking fellow spinoff I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here Now which ended up settling for 728k (5.1%) at 10.30pm.

The X Factor, on gaining half a million week-on-week, significantly closed the gap on Strictly Come Dancing which itself lost half a million.

I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! overtook Strictly to top the Sunday night ratings battle, pulling in a huge 10.19m (38.3%) and 457k (2.7%) on ITV1 +1.

Richard Arnold's Strictly departure was seen by 9.92m (36.2%) from 7.15pm, peaking with 10.27m (37.1%) as the result was announced.

Strictly Come Dancing: Wembley Results Show: Richard leaves Strictly

© BBC

Suranne Jones and Tom Ellis, The Secret Of Crickley Hall, Sun 18 Nov 2012

© BBC



BBC One's haunted house drama The Secret of Crickley Hall made a fine start with 5.28m (18.7%) up against the muscle of ITV's I'm a Celeb.

Antiques Roadshow preceded Crickley Hall with 6.02m (21.2%), while Countryfile commanded 6.79m (28.7%) even earlier at 6.30pm.

Elsewhere, 1.98m (7.1%) watched Homeland as Channel 4 got the better of BBC Two in the 9pm hour, the latter appealing to 1.52m (4.2%) for Dragons' Den. Meanwhile, Channel 5's screening of Forgiven attracted 843k (3.9%).

Without Friday Night Dinner as competition, Harry and Paul climbed to 1.01m (4.3%) for an episode which featured a bizarre guest appearance of UKIP leader Nigel Farage.

Overall, ITV1 triumphed in primetime with 28.9% (+1: 1%), overcoming BBC One (22.9%) with ease. With 5.6% (+1: 1.1%), Channel 4 finished just above BBC Two (5.4%) to make third, while Channel 5 had just 2.8% (+1: 0.3%).

BBC Three sitcom Him and Her returned in a double bill special at 10pm, appealing to 411k (1.7%) and 491k (2.3%) as the third run kicked off.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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