Ratings from across the weekend which saw the final of Strictly Come Dancing and the welcome return of Cranford.
Last week it was the big finale of The X Factor where Joe McElderry was crowned the winner of the singing competition ahead of Olly Murs. This weekend it was the turn of Strictly Come Dancing to crown its winner for the year. While it has lagged behind somewhat this year in terms of ratings the finale managed to end on a high. Early figures reveal that more than 10 million viewers watched the finale with a peak audience of 11.7 million viewers. In the final BBC Presenter Chris Hollins and Hollyoaks actor Ricky Whittle went head-to-head to win the series but it was Chris Hollins who wowed the audiences and won the vote.
Sunday evening saw the welcome return of period drama Cranford, with an all-star cast, for the first part of its festive special. According to overnight figures the first part pulled in 6.5 million viewers. The first series of Cranford, which aired in 2007, was seen by an average audience of 7.4 million. However, overnight figures are not as accurate as final figures which will be released in two weeks time. On ITV1 at the same time The Fattest Man In Britain was seen by 4.6 million meaning Cranford was more than comfortably ahead.