X Factor ratings slip to Saturday night low as Pointless host claims BBC quiz show is better value

The ITV talent show’s audience dipped to 7 million, just 1 million more than BBC1’s early evening celebrity quiz

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Pointless Celebrities is better value than The X Factor says co-host Richard Osman, after the early evening quiz show drew an audience just 1 million less than the ITV talent show in its later Saturday night slot.

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The BBC1 show was watched by an average of 5.92 million viewers between 6:10pm and 7pm while, without ITV+1 figures, The X Factor managed just 7.04million – it’s lowest Saturday night rating of the series so far – in its primetime berth of 8-9:30pm, according to figures from UK TV Ratings.

Posting on Twitter, Pointless quizmaster Richard Osman claimed victory over The X Factor, adding that a single episode of the ITV show cost more than 24 instalments of his programme, making it good value for licence fee payers.

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BBC1’s own talent show, Strictly Come Dancing, which overlaps with the opening quarter of an hour of The X Factor in its slot of 7-8:15pm, continued its run as the biggest programme of Saturday night, pulling in an average of 9.68m, up 50,000 on the previous week, and peaking at 10.4m.