Tonight’s Strictly Come Dancing final is set to be the most watched EVER – and here’s why

More viewers than ever will tune in to see the battle for the glitterball trophy

Just when we thought tonight’s Strictly Come Dancing final couldn’t get any more exciting, it’s been revealed that viewing figures are in and more people than ever are getting caught up with Strictly-mania.

This latest announcement comes after this series of Strictly has had its highest ever ratings, while The X Factor suffered its lowest.

More viewers than ever have been tuning in to watch dances from Debbie and her celebrity co-stars (Credit: BBC)

As an average of 11 million people regularly turned in to watch the dancing competition, new viewing figures from the BBC have revealed that she show is more popular than ever.

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Last year’s series of Strictly saw an average of 10.9 million viewers watching each weekend.

The same success can’t be said for ITV’s Saturday night offering, The X factor, which pulled in its lowest ever audience figures throughout the most recent series.

Despite revamps, The X Factor’s ratings have been declining (Credit: ITV)

Despite revamps to the show’s set up, the singing competition pulled in only 6.3 million viewers on average each weekend – and just 5.2 million saw Rak-Su take the winner’s crown in the final.

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Over the years Strictly and The X Factor have always battled it out for weekend ratings – and for years the ratings were neck and neck.

Joe McFadden and his dance partner Katya are one of tonight’s four finalists (Credit: BBC)

Last year 13.3 million people tuned in to watch the Strictly final, which only comes slightly short of the record-breaking 14.3 million who watched the 2010 Strictly final when Kara Tointon won.

Winning Strictly in 2010 with Kara
Kara Tointon still remains the most-watched celebrity to win Strictly, but that could all change tonight (Credit: BBC)

But the predictions for tonight’s show are out and with Strictly’s ratings doing so brilliantly this year, more people than ever will tune in to see the last remaining four couples battle it out for the glitterball trophy.

Judges won’t get to chose the winners tonight – the viewers will (Credit: BBC)

Joe McFadden, Gemma Atkinson, Debbie McGee and Alexandra Burke will all preform three dances each – and for the first time the winner will be chosen entirely by the people watching at home.

Tune in to BBC One tonight at 6.30 to see who’ll be crowned 2017 winner.

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