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December 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Strictly Come Dancing, the long-running British TV series that spawned America’s Dancing with the Stars, averaged 12.4 million viewers for its season finale Saturday night — peaking at 14 million. The figure represented 49 percent of the British TV audience in a country whose population is 20 percent the size of the U.S. (60 million versus 300 million). The number of viewers exceeded The X Factor‘s two weeks ago by more than 1.3 million. In recent years the season finale of the British version of X Factor, which airs on commercial rival ITV, had held the title of the U.K.’s most-watched entertainment program of the year. This year, the only program to score higher ratings was last summer’s Olympics closing ceremony. In a statement, BBC1 Controller Danny Cohen said that “there is a positive and warm energy about the show that families and people of all ages have enjoyed. Strictly‘s warmth is at the heart of its success and I want to thank all those on and off screen for helping to make it such a brilliant series.”