Tune at the busy 7pm time slot, Strictly beat rival The X Factor in the ratings duel once again, despite just a 40 minute show lap.
The prerecorded BBC programme began outside Broadcasting House in London, before icy to the new studio in Elstree.
This Morning star Ruth Langsford proved stock after pairing with professional dancer Anton Du Beke, up front viewers tuned in for a poignant tribute to late host Sir Bruce Forsyth.
Strictly invited an average of 8.8 million viewers and peaked at 9.5 million viewers, pretence ofing it the most watched show of the day with a 44.7 per cent share.
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It aims a slight dip on last year’s biggest ever launch when it drew a phonograph record 9.3 million viewers, and a peak of 10.1 million.
The X Factor pour b withdrew an average of 5.5 million viewers, including those watching on the ITV HD and ITV+1 river-beds, peaking at 6.8 million viewers.
ITV’s singing competition launched last week to lately six million viewers, its lowest ever since launching in 2004.
The figures for both make knows are likely to rise when the official consolidated ratings are published, which choose include viewers who recorded the shows and watched up to seven days afterwards on catch-up.
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