X Factor Celebrity final loses out to Strictly in battle of the ratings

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X Factor Celebrity concluded on Saturday night but had its rating slashed by BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. An average of 2.6 million people tuned into watch the final of the revamped singing contest, which saw Megan McKenna triumph as the series came to a close.

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Viewers of the ITV show watched as the former The Only Way Is Essex star was crowned the winner, trumping The Chase’s Jenny Ryan, girl band V5 and twin duo Max and Harvey.

The broadcaster reported that 34 percent of their viewers were young people.

But, unfortunately for show boss Simon Cowell, his transformed idea of celebrities competing for a chance to win a record deal, didn’t take centre stage over the weekend.

It was in fact, BBC’s dance contest that won the ratings battle, as their iconic Musicals week commenced.

The 11th week has just passed and Saturday’s instalment drew in a whopping 9.4 million viewers, according to overnight figures.

X Factor: Simon Cowell suffers huge blow as ITV series comes to an endX Factor: Simon Cowell suffers huge blow as ITV series comes to an end (Image: GETTY•BBC)

X Factor: Simon Cowell's show beaten by BBC StrictlyX Factor: Simon Cowell's show beaten by BBC Strictly (Image: GETTY)

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It was the most watched across all the channels over the weekend and the most watched episode of the show for the entire series.

Viewers watched as CBBC’s Karim Zeroual and partner Amy Dowden secured the first perfect 40 of this year’s series, for their performance to Can’t Stop The Beat from Hairspray, and it’s safe to say fans were impressed.

Over on ITV, X Factor Celebrity drew in an average of 4.8 million viewers, which was down from the 5.5 million who watched the original show’s final, back in 2018.

The star-studded show launched back in October, with Simon’s vision of reinventing the contest in order to avoid falling figures.

X Factor Celebrity drew in an average of 4.8 million viewers on SaturdayX Factor Celebrity drew in an average of 4.8 million viewers on Saturday (Image: ITV)

X Factor was beaten in the battle for ratings by BBC’s Strictly Come DancingX Factor was beaten in the battle for ratings by BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing (Image: ITV)

The music mogul hoped to halt the failing ratings by refreshing the franchise with two new versions – X Factor Celebrity and The Band, which

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