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Strictly Come Dancing final watched by 11 million viewers

The final of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing drew an average audience of 11 million viewers last night, up 800,000 on last year.

The series climax drew 2.6 million more TV viewers than rival ITV talent contest X-Factor managed last Sunday, when an average 8.4 million tuned in.

Strictly's audience peaked at 11.9 million when Katie Derham was voted off at 7.40pm, topping the results show peak of 11.7 million at 10.05pm when The Wanted singer Jay McGuinness was crowned the winner.

Although the figures beat last year, they fell short of 2013 when the audience reached 12.6 million and 2010's 13 million.

But it was still enough to see Strictly dominate Saturday night television, pulling a 50.1 per cent audience share for the first show and 48.4 per cent for the later results announcement.

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