And lo, the time-honoured and annual pi**ing contest between the BBC and ITV over rival shows Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor has begun…
And given that – in the words of South Park’s Eric, “As is tradition” – both shows aired more or less simultaneously last night, enquiring minds want to know, which show won the most viewers?
Well apparently, that rather much depends upon who you ask, because ITV have just announced that The X Factor won, having attracted a “peak audience of 9.5 million viewers” which they claim was “the highest peak audience of the night…”
However, Metro on the other hand – who one might assume is less inclined to bias over the issue than ITV is – says Strictly spelled their name in the metaphorical snow of viewer ratings ahead of X Factor, reporting, “BBC bosses will no doubt be delighted that they beat Simon Cowell’s juggernaut over on ITV with a peak audience of 9.4million against X Factor’s 9.1million.”
So who to believe?
Well for me at any rate, it’s a moot point given that I always, but always watch X Factor. If the house was on fire, I’d rescue the telly first. That’s how much I love X Factor.
So for me, when it comes to a direct battle between Strictly and X Factor, obviously I’ll record Strictly and watch X Factor as it airs…
But while the facts and figures are somewhat irrelevant to me, and I suspect the majority of viewers, they are of course vital to propping up Simon Cowell’s ego and ITV’s sponsorship purse.
So we eagerly await clarification regarding viewing figures, and when we know more, we’ll clue you in too!
For now, here’s a reminder of last night’s X Factor…