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The X Factor wins ratings battle with 9.7m viewers

Joseph Whelan, during auditions for The X Factor talent show Credit: Tom Dymond/ITV/PA Wire

The X Factor drew a peak audience of 9.7 million viewers last night, topping the Saturday night ratings.

Between 8.00pm and 9.00pm, The X Factor drew an average audience of 8.8 million viewers or 40 percent share of viewing, the most watched programme of the night.