'Strictly Come Dancing' ratings for Seann and Katya's 'dance of shame' beat Royal Wedding

Ben Arnold
Contributor
Seann and Katya (Credit: BBC)

11.9 million people tuned in to Saturday night’s Strictly Come Dancing, to watch Seann Walsh and Katya Jones’s so-called ‘dance of shame’.

That’s more than the 11.5 million who switched on to BBC One in May this year to watch the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle.

The show peaked at 11.9 million, and scored 51.2 percent of the audience share, before averaging out at 10.6 million (the Royal nuptials averaged out around 9 million).

It follows last weekend’s exposé in the Sun on Sunday, which found the pair kissing after a boozy night out in London.

Walsh was in a long term relationship at the time, now ended, while Katya is married to fellow Strictly Come Dancing choreographer Neil Jones.

The couple apologised for their indiscretion, and appear on Strictly: It Takes Two with Zoe Ball last week to speak about it.

However, the furore was largely glossed over on Saturday night’s show, with the couple performing a notably tame Charleston.

Katie and Gorka crashed out (Credit: BBC)

Going in to the show, the pair were the bookies’ favourites to be voted off, and despite what appeared to be a messy performance, they scored a decent 28 out of 40, including an eight from Shirley Ballas.

Viewers took to Twitter to voice their displeasure at the couple scoring more than both Joe Sugg, Graeme Swann and Danny John-Jules.

Ultimately, Katie Piper and Gorka Márquez were the couple to get the boot.

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