Strictly Come Dancing’s sequence launch received a mean of 9.three million viewers on Saturday evening – a file viewers for a gap episode of the present.
The viewers peaked at 10.1 million because the BBC One present’s 14th sequence started, with celebrities dancers assembly for the primary time.
Contestants embrace singers Anastacia and Will Younger, actress Lesley Joseph and former shadow chancellor Ed Balls.
Final yr’s launch episode received a mean of eight.7 million viewers.
Mr Balls, who was paired with “fierce and fabulous” new Russian dancer Katya Jones, mentioned he and his spouse – Labour MP Yvette Cooper – discovered watching his efficiency “traumatic”.
“I am undecided whether or not I used to be extra traumatised by my dad strikes, which appeared moderately extra dad-like than I had anticipated, or the images of me with all of those glowing celebrities trying like I am about to serve them the drinks on this bow tie,” he mentioned.
Dancers now have three weeks to grasp their first routine earlier than the stay reveals start.
In the meantime, rankings for ITV’s The X Issue improved from final weekend, when its sequence opener received a mean viewers of 6.eight million – its lowest for a gap present in 10 years.
Saturday evening’s third episode – broadcast after Strictly had completed – received a mean of eight.three million, with a peak of 9.2 million.