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'Strictly Come Dancing' sparkles on Sunday with 9.7m

Edwina and Vincent are the first couple to leave Strictly Come Dancing 2011


Strictly Come Dancing proved popular on Sunday evening, while The X Factor results show topped 11.5 million viewers, the latest audience data has shown.

BBC One's dance competition pulled in 9.76m (38.3%) between 7.30pm and 8pm, as Edwina Curry became the first celebrity eliminated from the new series.

The X Factor averaged 11.54m (41.1%) for ITV1 from 8pm, peaking at a healthy 12.36m (43%) for the last 15 minutes as the first acts dropped by the judges were revealed.

A further 330k (1.2%) watched The X Factor on ITV1+1, and spinoff show The Xtra Factor attracted 1.24m (4.7%) to ITV2 from 9pm and 142k (0.9%) on +1.

Series three of The Only Way Is Essex continued with 1.22m (7.7%) on ITV2 from 10.15pm, up by around 240k week-on-week. A further 127k (1.5%) watched the show on ITV2+1.

Back on ITV1, quiz show Holding Out For a Hero continued with 2.29m (9.4%) from 6.45pm and Downton Abbey delighted 8.77m (33.1%) from 9pm and 414k (2.5%) on timeshift. The Adrian Chiles-fronted That Sunday Night Show fetched 2.08m (12.4%) on ITV1 from 10.15pm.

Songs of Praise found the right tune on BBC One with 2.77m (16.5%) from 5.30pm, Countryfile nabbed 7.15m (33.1%) from 6.30pm and Antiques Roadshow took 5.85m (20.8%) from 8pm. Spooks thrilled 4.47m (16.5%) from 9pm and U2: From the Sky Down was seen by 810k (7.2%) from 10.30pm.

Channel 5's Warship sailed away with 336k (1.3%) in the 8pm slot, before Big Brother appealed to 1.25m (4.6%) in the 10pm hour. A screening of Rush Hour took 931k (7%) from 10pm.

A repeat of Top Gear revved up 1.34m (5.5%) on BBC Two in the 7pm hour, before City Beneath the Waves: Pavlopetri mustered 1.79m (6.4%) from 8pm. Fry's Planet Word enchanted 1.51m (5.6%) from 9pm, and a showing of Milk appealed to 340k (2.5%) from 10pm.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen took 2.11m (8.7%) from 6pm and 491k (1.8%) on +1. Fighting on The Frontlines educated 860k (3.7%) in the 9pm hour and 156k (0.6%) on timeshift. Gruesome musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street enchanted 620k (4.8%) from 10pm.

Overall, ITV1 dominated primetime with 26.9% (+1: 0.9%) against BBC One's 22.8%. Channel 4 came in third with 6.1% (+1: 1.1%), followed by BBC Two's 5.2% and Channel 5's 3.1%.

On the multi-channels, Strike Back: Project Dawn continued with 471k (1.7%) on Sky1 in the 9pm hour, while a double bill of Live At The Apollo amused 463k (1.7%) and 530k (2%) on BBC Three.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional
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