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Strictly final a ratings showstopper peaking at 13.1 million viewers – while X Factor final pulled only 5.2 million

As the last sprinkles of confetti fall on the dancefloor and Joe McFadden holds his Glitterball trophy high, the ratings for the finale of Strictly Come Dancing confirm the show enjoyed its best season in its 14-season history.

The BBC 1 show roped in a whopping 13.1 million viewers at its peak for Saturday’s last episode of the season, which saw Holby City actor Joe take the dancing crown ahead of fellow finalists Gemma Atkinson , Debbie McGee and Alexandra Burke .

Not only is Joe celebrating, Strictly bosses are sure to be thrilled with the figures (Image: Supplied by WENN)
It marks the end of the most successful season of the dancing show (Image: BBC)

Not a last bloomer, Strictly has been smashing the ratings through its entire 2017 season, averaging 11 million pairs of eyeballs each episode.

Compared to X Factor, the dance show hosted by Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly has been TV’s juggernaut, pulling viewers consistently, surely cementing its return for 2018.

On the other end of the spectrum, X Factor unfortunately pulled its lowest ever audience in its 14-year history, averaging a little more than four million viewers per episode.

Rak-Su took the X Factor crown this year, but the series suffered in the ratings (Image: Handout)
The finale scraped in with 5.2 million viewers (Image: WENN)

Even its hotly-anticipated final, that saw Rak-Su take the singing crown from solo artist Grace Davies, only roped in 5.2 million viewers.

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