Strictly Come Dancing 2022 suffers blow as viewing figures drop for first show


The 2021 launch show, on the other hand, saw 7 million viewers on average, peaking at 7.3 million.

The launch wasn’t originally intended to be shown on the day before the first live episode but had to be postponed from Saturday, September 17, due to Queen Elizabeth II’s death.

A few other popular shows aired at the same time as Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday, including The Voice and The Masked Dancer, both on ITV.

Social media seemed to reflect a usual buzz around the opening show, with fans eagerly awaiting the start of the 20th series.


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