Strictly Come Dancing launch ratings highest ever – Daily TV round-up

'Strictly Come Dancing' returned with its highest-ever launch ratings at the weekend, peaking at 9.8 million viewers.

Class of 2012: Strictly returns with best-ever launch ratings (Credit: BBC)

The show won the anticipated ratings showdown with rival 'The X Factor' on ITV, beating it by around 300,000 viewers.

A source from the BBC told The Sun that 'these are great figures'.

The tenth series features Olympians Victoria Pendleton and Louis Smith, alongside the likes of Kimberley Walsh from Girls Aloud, Denise van Outen, Sid Owen and Fern Britton.

'The X Factor' did fight back, however, beating 'Strictly's overall audience, pulling in an average 8.6 million to 'Strictly Come Dancing's 8 million.

Simon Cowell's talent show was also up 400,000 from the previous week, suggesting that fortunes for the ailing show may be changing.

But it is still 2.2 million viewers down on figures from the same time in the last series. [The Sun]

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Elsewhere, 'Strictly' dancer Anton Du Beke is said to be angry over the choice of his new partner, model Jerry Hall. A source told The Sun that 'Anton was livid. He hoped he’d get someone like Victoria Pendleton who viewers would love. He feared Jerry would be another high-maintenance star who the public would end up not liking'. His past two partners have been MP Ann Widdecombe and Nancy Dell'Olio. [The Sun]

Meanwhile, Nicole Scherzinger could be set for the axe from 'The X Factor', due to its sliding ratings. It's rumoured that Spice Girl Mel B is being lined up as a replacement on the show's next series. [Evening Standard]

Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson are now confirmed as the new judges on 'American Idol'. It follows the departure of Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez from the last series of the show. [Daily Mail]