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EntertainmentStrictly Come Dancing launch fails to match 2018 debut ratings

16:35  08 september  2019
16:35  08 september  2019 Source:   digitalspy.com

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Strictly Come Dancing returned for its sixteenth series with a launch show on 8 September 2018 on BBC One, and the first live show on 22 September.

The cast of Strictly Come Dancing 2018 launch the show with Nile Rodgers & Chic. # strictly #bbcstrictly # strictlycomedancing .

Strictly Come Dancing launch fails to match 2018 debut ratings © Kieron McCarron - BBC Strictly Come Dancing launch show fails to match 2018's debut in ratings but only slightly, still earning over 7 million viewers. Strictly Come Dancing launched its 2019 show last night (September 7) in a flash of sequins and fake tan – but it didn't quite match up to 2018's launch show when it came to ratings.

This year's first show, which saw the new batch of celebrity contestants paired up with their professional partners, was watched by a peak of 7.81 million people, which is just slightly down on the 8.1 million who tuned in for the same show last year.

Of course, these figures do not allow for on demand, catch-up, online (including YouTube) or mobile viewings, so there may yet be more of us getting our first Strictly fix of the year that the ratings aren't showing yet.

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Strictly Come Dancing (informally known as Strictly ) is a British television dance contest in which celebrities partner with professional dancers to compete in mainly ballroom and Latin dance .

# strictly #bbcstrictly # strictlycomedancing . The cast of Strictly 2017 dance to Footloose - Strictly Come Dancing 2017: Launch - Продолжительность: 2:40 BBC Strictly Come Dancing 406 137 просмотров.

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And even just a week in the series has given us plenty to discuss, as one of this year's contestants, Made in Chelsea star Jamie Laing, has already had to pull out of the show after he injured his foot.

Shortly after the launch show, the BBC revealed that his spot in the line-up will now be taken by former Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher, who played Andy Sugden on the ITV soap.

Kelvin will be dancing with Jamie's planned partner Oti Mabuse, and he's revealed that he's finding the experience so far "incredible".

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Strictly Come Dancing triumphed over The X Factor on Saturday night, launching to 8.1 million viewers. Overnight ratings show that the programme’s 16th series took a 40.9% audience share, peaking at 8.5 million viewers, making it the most watched TV show of the day.

# strictly #bbcstrictly # strictlycomedancing . The fabulous Strictly 2018 launch dance ! - BBC Strictly 2018 - Продолжительность: 4:12 BBC Strictly Come Dancing 487 917 просмотров.

Strictly Come Dancing launch fails to match 2018 debut ratings © Ray Burmiston - BBC Strictly Come Dancing 2019, Kelvin Fletcher "Is this really happening?! It's been the most surreal week of my life!" he said in a statement. "I'm a massive fan of Strictly so it's incredible. I'm so happy that I can be a part of it.

"But at the same time it's quite bittersweet. I'm coming in on the back of Jamie's injury – I keep thinking about him! I can't imagine going through all this excitement and then having to pull out.

"My thoughts are with him – he seems like a fantastic guy and I hope he's doing OK."

Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC One.

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Strictly Come Dancing launch fails to match 2018 debut ratings
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"I'm freaking out."On tonight's (September 21) episode, the Made in Chelsea star was sat in the audience – broken foot and all – as he cheered on his former co-stars.

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