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Latest 'Strictly Come Dancing' draws 11.4m

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Strictly Week 7: Ann Widdecombe

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Strictly Come Dancing climbed to a new series high of 11.4m for its Las Vegas special on Saturday night, according to overnight data.

BBC One's ballroom dancing show benefited from its later timeslot, adding 630k to its audience week-on-week.

Between 6.30pm and 7.45pm, the programme averaged 11.35m (45.3%), peaking with a hefty 13.21m (48.7%) during the last 15 minutes.

Later on the channel, Merlin picked up a commendable 6.33m (23.4%) at 7.45pm, Casualty gripped 4.32m (16.2%) at 8.50pm, and Armstrong & Miller amused 2.6m at 9.30pm.

Meanwhile on ITV1, The X Factor's ratings went in the opposite direction, albeit losing only 200k on last week. Airing from 8pm, the talent contest logged 13.21m (48.7%), securing a high of 13.6m (50.5%) between 9pm and 9.15pm.

Prior to that, Harry Hill's TV Burp pulled in a respectable 6.77m (26.1%) at 7.30pm, while All Star Family Fortunes and You've Been Framed grabbed modest audiences of 3.33m (14.4%) and 3.86m (15.2%) earlier in the evening.

Post-X Factor, I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here recovered from its clash with Children In Need to manage 9.17m (38.5%), then Piers Morgan's interview with Kelly Osbourne on Life Stories mustered 3.55m (20%) from 10.30pm.

Have I Got News For You gave BBC Two its biggest audience, with 2.41m (9.9%) at 9.15pm, after which QI XL interested 1.91m (9%). Earlier, American Dream put in 1.18m (4.3%).

Apocalypse: The Second World War and Pillars Of The Earth fetched 922k (3.4%) and 1.14m (5%) for Channel 4, while The Mentalist, NCIS and a double bill of CSI notched up respective audiences of 385k (1.5%), 852k (3.2%), 1.11m (4.6%) and 1m (5.4%) on Channel 5.

Overall, ITV1 easily claimed victory in primetime with a share of 36.1% to BBC One's 23.7%. BBC Two was third with 6.9%, while Channel 4 and Channel 5 followed with 3.7% (+1: 0.3%) at 3.5%.

Over in the multichannel world, ITV2 spinoffs The Xtra Factor and I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Now could only pull in 492k (2.1%) and 561k (3.4%) respectively.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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